Examining the Adverse Effects of Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal mesh is a surgical device that was developed to treat the adverse effects of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI)-which are two conditions that most commonly affect women who have given birth or undergone a hysterectomy. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a woman's pelvic muscles have been weakened, subsequently causing the pelvic organs to shift or drop out of place. Similarly, stress urinary incontinence occurs when a woman's bladder muscles have been significantly weakened by child birth or age. This condition can cause a small amount of urine to leak out while they are participating in routine activities, which may even include things as inconsequential as laughing or sneezing, so many women have turned to transvaginal mesh as a practical solution.

The procedure of implanting transvaginal mesh is supposed to permanently fix these conditions by providing the weakened muscles with additional support. While this has proven to be a successful remedy for numerous women, countless others have experienced adverse side-effects. It is for this reason that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to issue an official warning about the potential complications of transvaginal mesh in 2008. According to their statement, the FDA had received more than 1,000 reports from nine different manufacturers about the complications associated with this defective product. Hundreds of thousands of women have undergone this procedure since it was first introduced in the 1990's, however, so countless other complaints were quickly brought to light-among them were reports of:

  • Erosion of the vaginal lining
  • Further instances of POP & SUI
  • Severe pain and discomfort
  • Discomfort during intercourse
  • Perforation of surrounding organs
  • Bleeding and infection

According to current reports, there were more than 75,000 transvaginal mesh surgeries performed in 2010 alone. Approximately 10% of them resulted in failure. Some medical experts explain that complications are just a matter of time, as one might experience adverse side-effects right away or a few years after the mesh has been put into place. For this reason, the Miami injury attorney at Seltzer Law, PA encourages you to come forward if you or someone you love has been affected by defective transvaginal mesh. Thousands of women have already brought suit against the negligent manufacturers of this product, so there is no reason why you should wait any longer to take action. Under the qualified guidance of our experienced legal team, you can pursue damages for the harm that you have suffered.

Call our office today at 1-888-843-3333 or submit a free case evaluation form online to learn more. We are available 24/7.

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