Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a condition when the muscles and ligaments supporting the organs in the lower abdomen weaken and the organs slip out of place, usually protruding into the vagina. Approximately 30 to 50 percent of women experience POP as a result of the vaginal walls weakening due to menopause, childbirth, or a hysterectomy. Transvaginal mesh surgery is a common method of treatment, where a mesh made from a synthetic material is implanted in the vaginal wall to provide extra support. Because of the complexity and difficulty of a POP surgery with a significant chance of failure, implanting a surgical mesh was believed to be more effective. However, the thousands of reports of adverse effects indicate that the risks of a transvaginal mesh procedure may outweigh its benefits.
Transvaginal Mesh Failure
Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used for a wide variety of procedures. For POP surgeries, doctors implant permanent mesh made of synthetic material, with many holes to allow the native tissue to grow into the mesh. According to the FDA, a transvaginal mesh surgery introduces risks not present in a traditional non-mesh POP surgery. In addition, there is no evidence to support that using a mesh has any additional benefits over a surgery that does not use a mesh. Instead, the FDA discovered that serious complications caused by mesh erosion and contraction is not rare, and can result in:
- Chronic pain
- Recurrent prolapse
- Neuro-muscular problems
- Urinary problems
- Extrusion of the mesh into the vagina
- Recurrent urinary tract infection
- Organ perforation
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Treatment of Transvaginal Mesh Complications
The FDA has noted that these complications are not unique to one brand of transvaginal mesh, and while some cases may be due to surgeon error, the reports of mesh erosion and contraction indicates a problem with the design of the mesh itself. But because the implanted mesh is designed to permanently support the vaginal walls, even when the mesh erodes or contracts, it may not be possible to fully remove the medical device from the vaginal wall. Patients who suffer complications from transvaginal mesh treatment, must undergo additional surgery, medical treatment, and hospitalization, and may yet never fully recover.
Your Rights to Seek Compensation
More than 600 of injured patients have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, C.R. bard, Boston Scientific, and American Medical Systems seeking financial reparations for the medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed as a result of a transvaginal mesh surgery, you may be eligible to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Against large medical device manufacturing companies, it is crucial to entrust your case to a firm prepared to effectively negotiate and litigate a fair compensation on your behalf. To speak to an experienced product liability lawyer regarding your potential case, please contact us at (PHONE NUMBER) for a free consultation.