What is a transvaginal mesh implant? 

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Also called a vaginal sling, patch, and tape, a transvaginal mesh implant is a surgical mesh device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. Several medical device manufacturers such as C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, and Boston Scientific manufactures and sells surgical mesh products designed for transvaginal implantation. In recent months, the FDA and thousands of patients have been questioning the safety of these products; the FDA even issued a warning to patients and healthcare providers regarding the potential risks of this product.

Why are vaginal mesh devices dangerous? 

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More than 4,000 patients filed injury reports to the FDA during 2005 and 2010. The FDA estimates that failure rates for vaginal mesh devices may be as high as 10 percent. Device failure can result in serious complications such as:

  • Vaginal scarring
  • Recurrence of condition
  • Inflammation
  • Mesh erosion through the vaginal epithelium
  • Urinary problems
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

Why did the FDA approve a product with such a high failure rate? 

The first transvaginal mesh device was approved in 1996 under the FDA code 510(k), a clearance process that does not require the manufacturer to conduct thorough testing of the product. Although the device was recalled after three years, due to overwhelming numbers of injury reports, dozens of medical device manufacturers have been able to receive clearance for products similar to the recalled mesh.

I have a vaginal sling implant for my POP or SUI, what should I do? 

If you are satisfied with your treatment, it is not necessary for you to take further action. However, it is important for all patients to go through annual and other routine check ups to ensure complications do not develop in the future.

What are the symptoms I should watch out for? 

The most common symptom for vaginal mesh failure is pelvic or vaginal pain. Sometimes the pain may only occur during sexual intercourse. Other symptoms include: bleeding, persistent discharge, and a return of the treated condition (POP or SUI).

What are my options in the event of a vaginal mesh sling failure? 

If you have suffered severe health complications as a result of a defective vaginal patch, patients may be capable of filing a product liability lawsuit against the medical device manufacturers. Presently, several companies are facing lawsuits from women who have been harmed as a result of transvaginal mesh devices such as:

  • Gynecare TVT
  • Avaulta
  • Gynemesh
  • Elevate
  • Perigee
  • Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling

Patients who have been injured by a surgical mesh implant and are considering legal action should contact a professional product liability lawyer as soon as possible.

Why should I choose Estey Bomberger to handle my case? 

Product Liability lawyers at Estey Bomberger have accumulated years of experience litigating large corporations on behalf of wrongfully injured consumers. With a track record of successfully taking on large corporations, our attorneys have even against international medical device manufacturing companies recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for serious injury victims. For more information on how the transvaginal mesh sling failure lawyers at Estey Bomberger can help you, please call us today to schedule a free consultation.

32 Comments

  1. Daryl Nelkin
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 15:34:16

    Hello,
    I had a hysterectomy and prolapse in December 1998. I am now 62 years old . Presently have a UTI and severe constipation. Of late I have had severe pain in my abdominal area. Went to Urgent Care and am being treated for UTI. I couldn’t afford healthcare anymore and as it wouldn’t pay for a colonoscopy, $3000 out of pocket was not possible. Both my uterus and back side are falling again.
    If you are interested in following up please contact me. Thank you

  2. Susanne Gray
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 15:45:09

    I had a transvaginal sling implant in 1999 in Kern county by a Dr. Syed Rizvi. After I had the implant I had reoccurrence of leakage plus pain during sex and my husband said he felt something poking him. I acquired a severe case of interstitial cystitis along with lupus type symptoms. By the way after the surgery my doctor told me he was quitting his practice and would no longer be available. Ive had pain cramping all these yearsand I must add absence of sexual intercourse due to pain since 1999. None of my doctors would believe that I actually had a mesh but I just had an MRI for a back injury. It showed pieces of the mesh and I’m having a 4-d Ultrasound in a week or so to prove it further to a specialized doctor here in Tampa. Then maybe someone will finally agree to help me get it taken out. I need an attorney who knows about the BS deal. The attorney I hired from Dallas,Texas is not really helping me and at first they were gung ho and now I don’t even here fro them and cant ebven get a return call to answer my questions. I also have frequent UTIS>

  3. Anna Annis
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 19:32:24

    I want and need my medical records,I have been told they no longer exist.Sex,I do not have sex,to painful,major constipation,dr. keep telling me we have to do something well, what am I suppose to do?How do I prove I had a ,mesh implant,where can I go for help?Some one please help me ! My name back then was different then Annis. Dr. Stephen Leffler he put the mesh in,he told me after the surgury .I am so tired of all this,I do not know what to do some one please help me!!

    • meshlegalhelp
      Jan 30, 2014 @ 14:33:53

      Hi Anna, this sounds terrible and it’s similar to what many women we have spoken to are going through. Feel free to call our office so you can speak to one of our TVM attorneys.

    • Heidi
      Feb 21, 2014 @ 02:24:25

      To Anna Annis
      Go to an OBGYN and let then know that you having pain down there and request a 4D vaginal sonogram and then go from there and make sure you get your records from that visit and read before you leave and also make sure you tell them that you had a transvaginal mesh inplanted

  4. Mary Friel
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 21:33:24

    Is this used it lift bladder. I had surgery done 5 years ago and I keep getting uti that have went to my kidneys

    • meshlegalhelp
      Jan 30, 2014 @ 14:35:01

      We have heard this from others as well.

  5. Shiloh
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 04:50:45

    Is this the same mesh some doctors use after a hysterectomy to stop Endometriosis from coming back?

  6. Angela mccaughey
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 16:21:58

    I had a mesh tape inserted and then couldn’t pee at all!!! I was sent home with a catheter bag for weeks then Was taught to self catheterize for a year. Was then told the tape was cutting through my ureathera &had to have the tape removed & my ureathera repaired. I’ve since had another tape inserted & everything seems OK although I’m on medication for life. Do I have a case?

  7. Mary Grace Putzig
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 08:32:10

    I had a vaginal hysterectomy done in 2008 but do not know if a mesh sling was used to support other organs. Since that time I have been having pain in my left back between the hip and rib cage. It usually occurs when I have to urinate. Could this possibly in some way be due to a mesh product that has caused some injury? How can I find out?

    Thank you for your reply,

  8. Kara Slayton
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 23:23:14

    My mom received a implant and is constant pain and discomfort. No one seems to be doing anything to help. She has been contacted by a “tort” law firm. But nothing seems to be getting done. No one seems to really care. She has loads of medical bills and can not work due to all the complications. I do not know where to begin in helping her! First she needs someone working for her needs! She needs the implant removed!

  9. Mary B.
    May 13, 2014 @ 05:08:58

    I have a total hysterectomy in Dec. of 92. Doctor didn’t tell me if I had mesh placed, but have been having medical problems over the past 3 years. In Jan of 2011 had a strangulated hernia, went in had it fixed, my intestines ruptured open a month later, was in the hospital for almost 3 mths, was in and out of the hospital 2 or 3 times a year with infection in surgical site from 2011 till March 2013 at which time the surgeon did a debridement of the area and found a piece of mesh, he asked me when I had a surgery that mesh was implanted, he stated when he did my hernia repair he used pig skin mesh. The only other surgeries I had was a gastric bypass in Aug of 88, and the hysterectomy in 92. I continued to have problems and the surgeon ordered a pelvic and abdominal scan to be done it was done March 31st 2014. The results came back with a foreign object in the lower abdominal area, the surgeon believes it maybe another piece of mesh am going to have surgery the end of June or first of July to remove this and repair a fistula. Called the doctor who did the gastric bypass and was told that they do not use mesh when they do their surgeries. Called the OB/GYN doctor and they don’t know if they used any or not and no one can seem to find my records. Also called hospital where had surgery and they no longer have my records from 92. Any suggestions on what I should do next.

  10. Debbie
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 00:04:46

    During removal of my fallopian tube my bowel was nicked, is it possible mesh was used to repair, I have all the common symptoms

  11. Charles R Holzner Sr
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 19:00:38

    I had a bowel obstruction, Operation was performed on 3/30/11. Internal stitches did not hold so incision had to be reopened. Because of this, incision had to close on its own, which took 3 months. Incision would not heal so a mesh was installed on 8/19/11.
    Incision would still no heal completely. A second Doctor told me that the mesh should not have been installed in the first place. He recommended that the mesh be removed.
    Which he did and repaired the incision with stiches which he removed 5 days later.
    Healing was complete and with no side effects. I have pictures to show all details from 4/11 to 12/11

  12. Mitzi Davis
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 20:07:01

    I had a hysterectomy in 2004 and I have these symptoms but I dont think I have the implant . Could they have put it in without my knowledge.

  13. candy cuellar
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 19:35:09

    I really don’t know what’s wrong with me when I had my youngest child I had a tubel done and ever scene I have been having blood clots pass and a lot of stomach pain every month I’ve been to the doctor but the last time was about 4or5 years they didn’t say or tell me anything about what was happening to me . Is there anything you can tell me about what is happening to me please and thank you I’ve been having this problem for 15 years now and don’t know what else to do

  14. Deborah McGee
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 22:08:38

    I would like to know if a mesh is used for interstitial cystitis. I had surgery for interstitial Cystitis about 4 years ago i have recently been having a lot of abdominal pain and pain with intercourse I was ignorant back then and just had them do surgery never asked what they were going to do I was just happy to no longer having what felt like UTI’S constantly and found out it was interstitial Cystitis and something could be done! Now I am having this pain

  15. christi
    Sep 19, 2014 @ 14:32:18

    Hello, I am asking this for my best friend, she had a mesh sling placed about 5 years ago, she is incontinent and has severe pain all the time, she has been in contact with an attorney, but was told she couldnt sue unless she had the implant LESS than 5 years ago? is that true….?

    • Terri
      Nov 23, 2014 @ 20:04:27

      Christi every state has a statue of limitations check your States and if it still apply’s seek all paperwork ASAP! There is a certain time limit to file some States gave extended years the more paperwork you have to prove you have a strong case the better position she will be in. Your friend should have continued care. You can also get the lot number’s from the hospital operative report, pathology report and surgeons report get a hold of an attorney and they can tell you if the lot numbers are defective. Many attorneys such has mine is no longer taking cases, act quickly!!

      • Shelly-Gay Reid
        Mar 16, 2015 @ 02:31:52

        Hi, I had my vaginal sling operation in 2011, for the past 2 years I have experience an increase amount of UTI’s, yeast infection and other infections (I have never heard of), also cramping and lower back pain. Also, my bladder never seem to be empty, I am constantly going to the bathroom. Majority of the time I have gone to my gyno to treat these symptoms because the copay was less than going to my urinologist. Finally, after discussing all these issues with my urinologist he decides to put me on more medication to assist with my incontinence in addition to antibiotics, which I take every other month or so due to all the infections I have I had. I have requested for my urinologist to remove the sling, but he inform me it would just make the situation worse. I have contacted a law firm, but they have only contacted me one time since I requested their services 8 months ago. I looking for a law firm in Broward county florida, who would truly assist me with my case and a urinologist to give me second opinion. Please, I would appreciate any assistance you can give me. Thank you!

  16. Robin
    Sep 21, 2014 @ 15:25:17

    I had a “bladder sling” in 2009, and am just now in 2014 experiencing problems. I thought I had a uti, but am having bad pain in pelvic area and vaginal area. I am not sure if it is related. What should I do, or is it possible to have complications this far out from surgery?

  17. Sheila
    Nov 14, 2014 @ 20:36:08

    I’m just need question. I have had a partial hysterectomy. I used to have urinary tract infections. I’m trying to see if transvaginal meshes are use.

  18. delores wilson
    Nov 17, 2014 @ 19:42:50

    I had a prolapsed bladder they put a mesh sling in to hold my bladder back up
    Well that didnt work cause i am peeing my pants when i cough or sneeze , i cant have sex with my husband because it VERY PAINFUL FOR ME and there is alot og discomfort for my husband i have trouble with my bowels since this has been put in me i have lots of yeast infections. ..i really need someone to help me

  19. Terri
    Nov 23, 2014 @ 01:36:19

    I had a bladder sling in 2008, revision 6 months later 2009. I wasen’t feeling well went to my Dr. he cathered me and drained much urine that was backing up in my system, had emergency surgery to adjust and sent home with catheter for 7 days. Since that time I have endured sever UTI’S bladder and bacteria infections. It takes 14 days to clear. I still had sever incontinence so was referred to a urologist and blood in urine, pelvic pain, bowel interuption, pain during sex. After a cycsto they discovered cystitis was put on meds for that and the pain associated with the badder. They did nothing for my incontinence. I wanted a Dr. who woud beabe to treat both. I’m on an antibiotic to prevent infections, I have haf another Urodynamics test that show sever leakage. The Surgeon does’nt believe surgery is my answere due to 3 procedures. I’m left with the following conditions even though my PCP recommends surgery to fix inontenance and my bowe; issues. Now they want to do a cycto to see if my bowels have been damaged from having the defective devices.
    1) 2 defective devices
    2) Sever pelvic, vaginal pain
    3) Pain during intercorse
    4) Cysytitis
    5) Vaginal prolapse midline
    6) Constipation/bowel lose
    7) Days of nt being able to drive
    8) Sever incontinence
    9) Feeling’s of not being able to empty bladder
    10) The Dr. did an internal and could feel the device=that shoud not be the case!
    I nor do I believe my Dr were given pamplets or informd of the danger’s of these products it was less costly and my was done through the vagina,
    We cannot just tell our Dr.s that we have these defect products even though we as wman know our bodies and know the prolem. I do have an attorney and I personally requested all paperwork, Hospital, pathology, surgical procedure, all paperwork from my PCP, all paperwork from the 2 urologists , I’m also considered one of the lucky ones to have an MDLS litigation and my manufactuer has been ordered to settle my and other womans cases out of court, so once we recieve our Litigation letter’s then they wil start putting cases together, even though its an MDLS our cases will still be awarded damages based on indivdual case. I fear for next week, next month and my future what will I have to endure and my BF and family in years to come!!! I wish there was a place fr all of us who can share our stories and support each other. I also has depression and do to this emotional rollercoaster they felt the need to increase. The Dr suggested PT for incontenece and bowels its an hour and a half away, I have made the decision not to do this for fear will I beable to drive back!

  20. Terri
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 22:45:47

    Thank you very much for posting my comments. I didn’t post for my own benefit but in hopes to help other’s. May God bless us all and realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel. THERE IS NO MONEY that can/could take away our pain and suffering, however if we all become our own advocates, stand up for ourselves, seek out a 2nd opinion and continue to seek medical care. There have been some Drs, who have come forward who will take on removing these medical deffective devices I believe more Drs in every State will come forward and help us all!!!

  21. Diane Moore
    Dec 18, 2014 @ 03:52:35

    I had surgery 7 yrs ago, I dont what devise they used on me, but I had my bladder tact up and had a hysterectomy done at the same time, I have a lot of pain during sex, feels like something is in there and i have alot of discharge, pelvic pain. I am unemployed at the time and can’t afford to have dr. check me. How can I get my records to see what they did to me, I want to be able to have sex again, thank God my husband is understanding and works with me. I havent had sex in 7 yrs due to the pain it causes me, can you tell how to get help. ty so much

  22. christina
    Mar 08, 2015 @ 20:55:38

    I had several hernias and had to have mesh put in and I have already had two surgeries because of complications from the mesh is this the same kind of mesh that y’all are talking about

  23. Shelly
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 02:37:41

    Hi, I had my vaginal sling operation in 2011, for the past 2 years I have experience an increase amount of UTI’s, yeast infection and other infections (I have never heard of), also cramping and lower back pain. Also, my bladder never seem to be empty, I am constantly going to the bathroom. Majority of the time I have gone to my gyno to treat these symptoms because the copay was less than going to my urinologist. Finally, after discussing all these issues with my urinologist he decides to put me on more medication to assist with my incontinence in addition to antibiotics, which I take every other month or so due to all the infections I have I had. I have requested for my urinologist to remove the sling, but he inform me it would just make the situation worse. I have contacted a law firm, but they have only contacted me one time since I requested their services 8 months ago. I looking for a law firm in Broward county florida, who would truly assist me with my case and a urinologist to give me second opinion. Please, I would appreciate any assistance you can give me. Thank you!

  24. Mary
    Jun 19, 2015 @ 18:44:34

    I had transvaginal mesh repair 6 years ago. Now I am again having the same urinary leakage as before. I now also have severe arthritis of the right hip and herniated disks in my lower back. Is it imperative to have it removed if it no longer serves a purpose?

  25. Bambi
    Jul 22, 2015 @ 13:28:57

    I had a hysterectomy in 2005 thru c-section due to fibroid growth in my uterus..An incision was made under my navel as well.
    I have had reoccurring pelvic pain and constant bowl issues.For years I assumed it was Crohn disease,it has alot of the same symptoms,however now there are “growths” on the back wall ..where the cervical opening was..Please help I don’t know where to go from here.

  26. Belinda
    Jul 24, 2015 @ 16:42:25

    I had a vaginal hysterectomy that removed my uterus and cervix because of massive bleeding after I had my daughter via emergency c-section. I haven’t been able to find out if vaginal mesh was used. With the symptoms I have, it looks like he did use vaginal mesh. Severe pelvic pain, stress incontinance, trouble emptying my bladder, and very painful intercourse. I went a long time with no insurance and not enough money to pay for tests myself. I’ve had to just suffer through it. How can I find proof that my OBGYN (who is gone now) used trams atonal mesh on me?

  27. Dr.Ghayur
    Oct 15, 2015 @ 15:05:31

    I am Dr Ghayur Ahmad; approaching you with my wife serious medical negligence problem made by hospital staff, that we faced. I, Ghayur Ahmad and my wife Mrs. Almas Bibi both are legal residents of USA with Social Security number, health plus the Medicaid health insurance, with permanent resident license.
    We both got green card in 2014; my Mrs. Almas has been here in New York few months back, but now gone back to Islamabad Pakistan to return soon.
    Mrs. Almas was diagnosed as a case of left side breast cancer in 2012 and in July 2012 she was operated upon by a general surgeon at Shifa International Hospital Islamabad Pakistan, Shifa Int Hospital is jointly made /established and run by a group of American Doctors settled in Pakistan, who were practicing in USA and whose records data can be obtained right away. They are dual national Americans and Pakistan, they have license from USA, as they have been working in USA for last more than 30 years.
    After surgery the tissues from her left Auxiliary (Axilla) nodes and the lumpectomy mass dissected from left breast affected of Ca (diagnosed by fine needle and tissue biopsy procedures as Invaso-ductal carcinoma). The dissected tissues were sent by surgeon to their own hospital laboratory under their own hospital disciplined and treatment package. Our treatment was made all self-financed at our own expense. There is no system of health insurance in Pakistan. All bills invoices treatment plan expenses/laboratory costly tests for tissues examinations to grade and further base the chemotherapies and radiotherapies and surgery were taken from us in cash by hospital administration.
    But we were not provided with tissue histopathology results, either that were hidden from us to put on costly medications and chemotherapies with inj Herceptin for 18 i/v courses by shots. They convinced us before chemotherapies to join and become a volunteer to our free treatment plan for inj Herceptin trial test by subcutaneous rout, but we refused because of uncertain results of subcutaneous treatment plans and undergoing trials for inj Herceptin. Moreover we were scared of mortality rate of subcutaneous rout of administration this highly cytotoxic drug the Inj. HERCEPTINE. The oncologist was so much in want that Mr. Almas my wife should sign and get registered as soon as possible,, but his personal interests in this trail put us to troubles and doubts and we refused all together, but the Shifa hospital American oncologist when forced and put us under stress, we discontinued our treatment room him and shifted our case to another oncologist.
    BUT yet the main and major issue exists till date; when we asked for histopathology tests result from laboratory we were delayed and ultimately said they don’t have those in their record, infect they received the tissue and produced the invoice charges for the histopathology tests as hospital fee.
    We explored wrote to Chief Executive Officer of Shifa Hospital who too is American licensed doctor, met our surgeon, managers OT and Shifa Labs,, but nobody helped us, rather I was told during transport from operation theater to laboratory the specimen samples the dissected cancer mass were lost on the way. However I have been asking, writing letters to admin but all of vain..

    All treatment and post to cancer treatment is based upon histopathology and tissue in-depth microscopic examination. We are still uncertain whether she had this cancer or not, because we don’t have valid proof and evidence based data, which hospital was supposed to keep in record and provide us with copy.
    All highly toxic treatment by chemo and intensive radiotherapies were done at adhoc bases without any relevant justification and evidences.
    We have to face numerous miseries because of hospital or its staff negligence for which we want to sui the doctors here is USA as per their relation and likeness from USA.
    We demand one million USA dollars compensation damage from the Shifa Hospital doctors to pay through court of law and justice. We are ready to sign agreement as much you feel your legal fee, we pay you but after we win the case as we are new immigrants and have no money to pay court fees or lawyer fees.
    Ghayur Ahmad
    Cell; 516 641 4668
    1000 North 3rd St, New Hyde Park 11040 NY, USA
    drghayur@yahoo.com