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Transvaginal Meshsurgical implant

Transvaginal Mesh is an implant designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. The mesh is generally constructed from a plastic called polypropylene and is surgically implanted through the vagina. In some cases, complications arising from the transvaginal mesh have resulted in erosion and organ perforation. Many women who have suffered from these complications are seeking compensation from the manufacturer for the physical and emotional pain resulting from these issues.

What is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvaginal Mesh is an implant designed to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Typically, these conditions occur after a woman has had a hysterectomy, menopause, or child birth. A Pelvic Organ Prolapse is the weakening of pelvic muscles which causes pelvic organs to drop into the vagina.

Transvaginal Mesh is generally constructed out a plastic called polypropylene. The term “transvaginal” refers to the type of surgical technique used to implant the mesh through the vagina. In 1996, the FDA approved the use of the first transvaginal mesh device. Designed through Boston Scientific, the first transvaginal mesh was used for the surgical treatment of SUI. It was later recalled for safety concerns in 1999. It wasn’t until 2002 that Johnson & Johnson designed a device to specifically treat POP.

Adverse Effects from Transvaginal Mesh

In July 2011, the FDA reported that there were over 4,000 complaints from patients and family relating to transvaginal mesh. These complaints ranged from injury or death resulting from malfunctions associated with the device. Specifically, the most critical malfunctions of the mesh implants were erosion and organ perforation.

Erosion is the process in which the mesh actually wears through the soft tissue in the pelvis. This condition can be very painful and can cause the mesh to become visible externally. Erosion of the transvaginal mesh can make sexual intercourse very painful and, in some cases, impossible.
In the case of organ perforation, transvaginal mesh can erode through the internal soft tissue and puncture nearby organs. The most common organs to become perforated are the bladder, urethra, bowel and rectum. When organ perforation occurs, surgery is almost always the treatment. These surgeries can include mesh removal, bowel resection, colostomy, and blood transfusion. A large risk from neglecting organ perforation is septic shock from urine or other waste leaking into the blood stream.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms from a transvaginal mesh implant, you should contact your primary care physician immediately.

Adverse Events for the Transvaginal Mesh

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An adverse event is submitted to the FDA to report any undesirable experience associated with the use of a medical product in a patient. For drugs, this includes serious drug side effects, product use errors, product quality problems, and therapeutic failures for prescription or over-the-counter medicines and medicines administered to hospital patients or at outpatient infusion centers.

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Current Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Tens of thousands of women have suffered emotionally and physically from transvaginal mesh complications. Transvaginal mesh implant complications can affect a woman’s career, activities, relationships, and overall quality of life. Many of these women have filed suit and are winning their legal cases.

If you or a loved one have experienced complications from a transvaginal mesh implant, you may be eligible to seek compensation.

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