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.

4 Comments

  1. luci reader
    May 30, 2013 @ 04:12:25

    I was being represented by a law firm, but last week they cancelled my case.
    Today I expirenced severe lower abdomen cramps which have lasted all day.
    I also had some heavy bleeding. I am constantly incontinent and have a lot of accidents
    thaT the Monarch mesh implant was supposed to correct. I’ve had it for several years.
    My gyno said it was prolasping. I am almost 60 and stopped having periods long ago.
    I have had this bleeding 3 times in the last year, but not with the cramps I have now.
    Id appreciate it if you would look into my case.
    Ms.Reader

  2. Marilyn walters
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 20:48:51

    I am a 65 yr old grandmother who tearfully is unable to function normally in so many ways. No intimacy with my husband, severe cramping, bleeding, depression, as nd was every happy until thus surgery. I have it in my bladder, and colon area. I can no longer lift or hold my precious grandbabys. Incontinence. Is also an issue, so embarrassing! I battle constant fatigue, as well as pain daily. Along with all of this comes the nausea from enduring all the pain! The worst part of this is the urologist that did my surgery laughed at me and said “what do you want me to do, pull a rabbit out of a hat, I don’t have an answer for you , you will just have to suck it up and deal with it. Real professional answer. Real compassion! I don’t want pity just relief from the terrible pain and suffering. And a little understanding.And it would be so nice to feel like a woman again: Mandy from okc. Ok.

  3. PAMELA BALL
    Sep 05, 2014 @ 02:32:26

    I had a transvaginal mesh and recently started having issues. I have not seen the dr. yet, but symptoms are getting worse. I plan to see the dr. in the next week. What di I need to do in regards to lawsuit related to defect?

  4. Angie Pearce
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 21:02:31

    I was implanted with a vaginal sling in 2009. So far, no symptoms, but I’m worried that I may get symptoms in the future. Do I have a case? I’m unsure.