Recovery for injuries caused by defective medical products
Transvaginal mesh is a medical device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Although several treatment options are available for these common conditions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that transvaginal mesh has become a popular choice for doctors and their patients. The FDA also warns the public about adverse events tied to the device, and it has warned that clinicians should be, “careful and judicious” in the use of these medical devices.
Revo Smith Law was founded in 1979 and exclusively handles personal injury and medical malpractice claims for patients throughout Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, Belen, Bernallilo, Santa Fe and all of New Mexico. Our injury attorneys educate you about your rights and explain your next steps and potential outcomes during your free initial consultation. We know that dealing with the side effects of a defective, or improperly implanted medical device can be a difficult experience for you and your family, and our legal team shows you the compassion and respect you deserve when you seek legal advice.
What is a transvaginal mesh?
According to the FDA: “Surgical mesh is a metallic or polymer screen intended to be implanted to reinforce soft tissue or bone where weakness exists.” While using mesh materials for surgical implants is not new, according to the National Institutes of Health, its use as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence has increased over the past decade with mixed results.
Transvaginal mesh is primarily used to treat two conditions suffered by millions of women in the United States:
Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which weakness in the pelvic floor causes organs — such as the bladder, uterus, rectum, vaginal apex or bowel — to bulge through the vaginal wall
Stress urinary incontinence is a condition in which diminished bladder control causes urine to leak during such activities as sneezing, coughing, laughing, exercise or other physical actions
Problems with transvaginal mesh
Patients have been experiencing a range of complications after having the transvaginal mesh implanted due to several factors which include:
- Improper implantation of the device
- Exposure and contraction
- Defective devices
According to the FDA, a defective mesh may erode into the woman's vagina or perforate tissue and blood vessels. These serious injuries may require her to undergo further complicated surgeries and pharmaceutical intervention, resulting in long-term health problems.
Do you have these symptoms of transvaginal mesh failure?
Your doctor should advise you on recognizing adverse issues after your transvaginal mesh implantation surgery. Symptoms of a defective product include:
- Vaginal irritation and discomfort
- Pelvic pain
- Recurrence of prolapse or incontinence
If you suspect your transvaginal mesh has failed, we recommend you contact a medical professional immediately to avoid further injuries. Our lawyers can then help you recover compensation from your negligent doctors and the manufacturer of the defective device.