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Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal surgical mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Surgical mesh is a patch of material used to reinforce vaginal walls when the tissue weakens and can no longer support the pelvic organs, leading to POP. For treatment of SUI, transvaginal mesh supports the urethra.

In recent years, thousands of reports to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other entities have revealed instances of painful, life-altering complications caused by transvaginal mesh, indicating the mesh may be a defective product.

Transvaginal Mesh Complications

Between 2005 and 2010, the FDA received more than 3,800 reports of complications related to transvaginal mesh used for POP and SUI repair. Possible complications linked to transvaginal mesh include:

  • Protrusion of mesh through the vagina
  • Vaginal infection
  • Vaginal pain
  • Urination problems
  • Mesh migration
  • Recurrence of POP or SUI
  • Perforation of bowel, blood vessels and bladder

Several deaths were connected to transvaginal mesh complications.

In 2008, the FDA issued a Public Health Notification to inform patients and doctors of the possible risks associated with transvaginal mesh. Then, in 2011, the FDA became concerned over the growing number of reports of complications related to transvaginal mesh. The number of reports had reached 3,874 since 2005. The FDA has warned that complications related to transvaginal mesh are not rare, and that the procedure may not be as effective as less risky, non-mesh POP treatments.

If you have lost a loved one to wrongful death caused by surgical mesh, or you are experiencing a complication, you deserve compensation for the impact the defective medical device has had on your life.

Effects of a Transvaginal Mesh Complication

A transvaginal mesh complication can burden you financially, emotionally and physically. Problems associated with the medical device can lead to:

  • Vaginal scarring
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Narrowing of vaginal walls
  • Need for surgical intervention
  • Need for drainage of abscesses
  • Need for blood transfusions
  • Emotional suffering
  • Decreased quality of life

These effects can make it difficult or impossible to work and live your life as you did before. Expenses can accumulate rapidly if you need additional medical treatment to address the complication. Additionally, you may experience excruciating physical pain and discomfort.

If you received transvaginal mesh and are suffering a serious complication, you deserve to pursue damages for the expense and trauma of your injury.

If you have suffered a severe complication associated with transvaginal mesh, please contact Jacoby & Meyers to schedule a consultation. We have offices nationwide.