Claim Information on Surgical Implantation
of Transvaginal Mesh
IMPORTANT: IN JULY 2011, THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) ISSUED A “SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS WARNING” TO ANYONE WHO HAD TRANSVAGINAL MESH SURGICALLY IMPLANTED FOR PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE OR STRESS URINARY INCONTINENCE. IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAD SURGICAL IMPLANTATION OF TRANSVAGINAL MESH, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION. PLEASE CALL THE CARTWRIGHT LAW FIRM IN HOUSTON IMMEDIATELY AT 713-840-0950 BEFORE YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS EXPIRE. A FEMALE MEMBER OF OUR STAFF WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A FREE CASE EVALUATION.
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The Background on Transvaginal Mesh
Transvaginal Mesh is a device which was implanted in many woman to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). The mesh stretches across the vaginal wall to add extra support to the tissues which might have been damaged due to an injury, childbirth and/or other surgeries.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse refers to a condition in which a pelvic organ such as the bladder, uterus or rectum – drops or prolapses from its normal spot. This drop is caused by weakened, stretched, or torn pelvic organ muscles due to childbirth, injury or other surgery. POP essentially occurs because the pelvic wall has become too weak to support the organs in this region. The most common prolapse occurs with the bladder. POP includes the following conditions:
- Vaginal prolapse or shift
- Bladder prolapse or shift
- Cervix prolapse or shift
- Uterus prolapse or shift
- Urethral prolapse or shift
- Rectal prolapse or shift
- Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) or Urinary Leakage refers to a condition in which an individual loses the ability to control urination. This condition causes an individual to urinate while doing simple things such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising and/or causing any pressure to the abdominal area. SUI or Urinary Leakage can be unrelated to child birth.
- Surgical transvagainal mesh was inserted in extreme cases of SUI or Urinary Leakage.
- The procedure of inserting surgical mesh for SUI or Urinary Leakage is also called:
- • Multi-incision Sling Procedure
- • Sling Procedure
- • Tape Procedure
FDA Warnings about Transvaginal Mesh
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first issued a Public Health Notification on October 20, 2008 to warn patients who had transvaginal mesh surgically placed to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). The FDA then updated its warning on July 13, 2011 adding that serious complications with the surgical implantation of Transvaginal Mesh are not rare and it could expose patients who had the transvaginal mesh implanted to be at “greater risk.”
Symptoms Associated with Surgical Implantation of Transvaginal Mesh:
- Erosion of the mesh (meaning the mesh is exposed or protrudes out of the vaginal tissue)
- Vaginal Pain and Pain during sexual intercourse
- Vaginal tightening
- Bowel Perforation results when the colon is punctured and bowel leaks into other cavities of the body
- Blood Vessel Perforation results when a blood vessel is punctured causing oxygen rich blood to leak out of the body
- Urinary Problems
- Recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Stress Urinary Incontinence
- Vaginal Scarring/Shrinkage
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Additional Surgeries, hospitalizations, or medical care to treat complications or to remove mesh
We encourage you to seek medical treatment from a doctor, hospital or clinic immediately if you have experienced any of these symptoms.
WARNING: Just because you or a loved one have not experienced any of the above symptoms or problems with the transvaginal mesh does not mean you do not have a potential claim for damages. The FDA stated in July 2011 that serious complications from implantation of transvaginal mesh are not rare. Just because you have not experienced symptoms or problems does not mean you are safe from serious complications.
Manufacturers of Transvaginal Mesh
- There are several companies currently who manufacture mesh products. In the July 2011 FDA warning, the FDA stressed that problems or complications from surgical implantation of transvaginal mesh has not been linked to a single manufacture or brand of mesh.
- The following is a current list of manufacturers of transvaginal mesh:
- • Ethicon – A division of Johnson & Johnson
- • C.R.Bard
- • Boston Scientific
- • American Medical Systems
- • Gynecare
- • Mentor Corp.
- • Tyco Covidien
- Though every client’s claim is different and specific results cannot be guaranteed for any lawsuit, victims who have had placement of transvaginal mesh who file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit may be able to collect damages for the following:
- • Additional surgery and multiple surgical revisions
- • Emotional distress
- • Mental Anguish
- • Loss of ability to have sexual relations
- • Loss of quality of life
- • Lost or reduced earnings
- • Out-of-pocket medical, surgical and hospital expenses
- • Past and future medical expenses
- • Pain and suffering
- • Physical impairment or disfigurement
- • Spousal loss of consortium
Your Potential Transvaginal Mesh Claim
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If you or a loved one had surgical implantation of transvaginal mesh, you could be at serious risk for complications and problems. Call The Cartwright Law Firm today at 713-840-0950. A female member of our staff will provide you with a free case evaluation. All your personal information will be kept confidential. There is no obligation. Call today before your rights expire! Hablamos Español.