Transvaginal Mesh Injuries
Did you suffer from complications caused by transvaginal mesh?
Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is permanently implanted through the vagina in order to repair medical conditions in women, including pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). POP is a problem that involves displacement of the pelvic organs (which slip downward) due to a lack of support from weakened tissue. SUI involves the involuntary loss of urine when pressure is placed on the abdomen (such as through coughing or laughing). One of the causes of SUI is weakened pelvic muscles that support the urethra and bladder. While many women and their physicians have turned to transvaginal mesh as a way to repair POP and SUI, these medical devices have actually been shown to be very dangerous for many patients, as they have been associated with a number of different complications, including erosion of the medical device while it is inside the body. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has even issued warnings about the potential dangers behind these devices.
If you have been injured due to complications from the implantation of transvaginal mesh, The Law Offices of Stipe & Belote can assist you. We have competent Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers who can to help you take action through a claim or lawsuit. Our goal is to help you obtain the maximum level of compensation for the losses you suffered.
What is transvaginal mesh?
According to the FDA's description, surgical mesh is made from porous synthetic material or biologic material, and it used to repair tissue that is weakened or damage. Transvaginal mesh, or surgical mesh that is implanted through the vagina, reinforces the weakened vaginal wall in order to fix the problems caused by POP and SUI. According to the FDA, the use of these transvaginal mesh devices has become more prominent over the past couple of decades.
In October 2008, the FDA issued a public health notification that reported that it had received more than 1,000 reports over a three-year period regarding complications that were associated with transvaginal mesh used for POP and SUI. Those reports, which were from nine surgical mesh manufacturers, were received from 2005 through 2007. While this report noted that serious complications caused by transvaginal mesh are rare, an
updated notice by the FDA in 2011 stated that these complications are actually
not rare. It also stated that transvaginal mesh can may expose some patients with POP to greater risk than the risk they would face traditional non-mesh repair. From Jan. 1, 2008 through Dec. 31, 2010, the FDA received an additional 2,874 reports of complications associated with the medical devices, according to the update.
Here is a list of some of most common complications that have occurred as a result of the implantations of transvaginal mesh for POP and SUI patients:
- Erosion through the vagina
- Pain and discomfort (including during sexual activity)
- Urinary problems
- Continued prolapse and/or incontinence
- Organ perforation
- Vaginal scarring/shrinkage
- Neuro-muscular problems
- Emotional problems
These are problems that can greatly lower a patient's quality of life. Patients who suffer from such complications might need to have additional surgical procedures, including procedures to have the mesh removed. Other possible treatment options for these problems include blood transfusions, IV therapy and drainage of hematomas or abscesses, as noted by the FDA.
Turning to Skilled Oklahoma City Personal Injury Attorneys
If you were harmed by the complications of a transvaginal mesh device, you have likely had to endure major disruptions to your life—both physically and financially. You might have suffered from complications that only worsened your condition, or you might have had to spend large amounts of money on medical procedures to remedy the complications. You should not have to suffer the consequences of a medical device that poses unreasonable risks to patients. Get help from our firm's Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys, who know can help you aggressively push for fair compensation in your case.
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