More than 100,000 women are estimated to have undergone a transvaginal mesh implant surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. According to FDA reports, approximately 10 to 20 percent of women experience vaginal mesh sling failure, and must undergo additional medical treatment, in some cases multiple revision surgeries to reverse the damage caused by a defective vaginal mesh device. Women who have received a transvaginal mesh patch are recommended to monitor their health, and contact a professional defective device lawyer in the event of any serious complications.
Importance of Follow-up Care
Although for many women, their defective vaginal mesh implant failed within the first two years of surgery, for some, complications may not be apparently until years later. For women who have a transvaginal mesh device, the FDA strongly recommends patients to continue receiving routine care and follow-up care. While there is no need for patients to take further measures if there are no evident side effects, patients who experience abnormalities, pain, or a recurrence of POP or SUI, are urged to seek medical attention immediately.
Symptoms of Complications
Prompt medical care can help protect patients from exacerbating their condition, symptoms of transvaginal mesh failure include:
- Persistent vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Pelvic or groin pain
- Pain during sex
- Recurrence of condition
- Urinary problems
In the event of a mesh-related complication, patients often require revision surgery to remove the defective device, however, additional surgery poses its own risks and is not only costly but also dangerous. For some patients, even multiple procedures may not fully remove the surgical mesh implant and the failure to remove the implant can cause additional health concerns in the future.
Transvaginal Mesh Implant Manufacturers’ Liability
Although the vaginal slings used to treat POP and SUI are no more effective than traditional non-mesh surgeries, the mesh implants puts patients at risk for side effects not present in alternative treatment. Because medical device manufacturers failed to conduct the clinical trials necessary to determine the safety and efficacy of their product, despite having received FDA clearance, these companies can be held liable for the damages related to mesh implant failure. Already more than 600 patients have filed lawsuits against various medical device companies including:
- Johnson & Johnson
- C.R. Bard
- American Medical Systems
- Boston Scientific
Seek Professional Legal Representation
When attempting to seek compensation from a large corporation, the quality of your legal representation is a critical factor in determining the outcome of your case. The transvaginal mesh sling injury attorneys at Estey Bomberger are not only experienced in handling complicated medical device injury lawsuits against international corporations, but have successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of clients, including compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability/disfigurement
- Loss of consortium on behalf of spouse
- Future related damages
To learn how you may be able recover compensation for your vaginal mesh related injuries, please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.