Transvaginal Mesh – A Cure Or A Nightmare?
Women are filing claims now because of complications due to their TVM Surgery.
Transvaginal mesh (TVM) surgery was developed to treat female urological conditions particularly those caused by weakened pelvic muscles such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Transvaginal mesh kits were marketed to urologists and gynecologists and as of 2004, the use of this synthetic mesh to help women suffering from POP and SUI has increased. The kits promised an increase in surgical volumes due to their quick and easy application thus increasing profits.This in spite of the lack of trials testing the safety of these medical devices and their application.
Pelvic organ prolapse, or POP, occurs when the bladder, top of the vagina, uterus, rectum, or bowel descends from its normal position. Often this is the result of pregnancy which can weakened pelvic muscles. The mesh is inserted vaginally and anchored to muscles or ligaments creating a hammock-like structure.
Women and their doctors were encouraged to consider transvaginal mesh surgery to ease the discomfort and embarrassment caused by the patient’s weakened pelvic floor. Since the FDA had approved the mesh, most felt that there would be minimal risk. However, for many women, transvaginal mesh surgery became the worse decision they had ever made! Because of this, thousands of women are now filing lawsuits against the mesh manufacturers, and winning!
The Horrible Side Effects of Transvaginal Mesh
Transvaginal mesh is a reinforcement tool that is inserted vaginally in order to keep the organs in place. This type of mesh has been associated with a number of serious complications including:
- Protrusion of vaginal mesh through the soft tissues
- Infection in the treated area
- Painful intercourse
- Perforated organs
- Difficulty urinating
These side effects can be debilitating and frequently result in additional surgeries to repair the damage caused by the mesh. Unfortunately, many of these complications can continue to persist even after the mesh is removed, causing a lifetime of chronic pain.
The FDA has recorded thousands of reports of complications, including death tied to transvaginal mesh surgeries! Between 2005 and 2010, there were around 4000 complaints filed with the FDA which led them to release a public safety update that complications after treatment of POP with transvaginal mesh products are not rare. In addition, they concluded that transvaginal mesh repairs were no more effective in treating prolapse than non-mesh repairs.
In an April 2014 news release, the FDA has announced that it will crack down on all transvaginal mesh products changing their status from moderate-risk devices to high-risk devices because of the elevated risks they pose.
“The FDA has identified clear risks associated with surgical mesh for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse and is now proposing to address those risks for more safe and effective products,” said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of science and chief scientist at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
Because of the serious injuries many women have suffered after transvaginal surgery, they are filing lawsuits against the various manufacturers of the mesh. Many had to undergo additional surgery to repair the damage done by vaginal mesh. The very same “miracle product” that promised to ease the discomfort and embarrassment many women experience, now has been blamed for organ perforation, inability to enjoy sexual relations, and even death in some cases.
Transvaginal mesh injury cases are being heard in courts now. Judges have already awarded millions to victims of these defective products! Don’t miss out on filing your claim! There may be a time limit after your injury to submit your case. For your free confidential consultation, call us toll-free at (855) 776-5299 or fill out the convenient form on this page. A member of our legal team will help you to determine whether or not you qualify to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. We will work hard to make sure you get the settlement you deserve. All you need to do to start is call or fill out the form now and we will take that first step together.