TRANSVAGINAL MESH AND SLING LAWSUITS
The attorneys of Kell Lampin, LLC are currently investigating cases involving surgical mesh used in urogynecologic procedures also known as transvaginal mesh.
Transvaginal mesh or slings have been implanted in women for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Women are now experiencing many complications due to the use of these medical devices, including erosion of the mesh, pain during sex and movement, infections, perforation of organs and continued or worsening incontinence.
The attorneys of Kell Lampin, LLC are prepared to file lawsuits on behalf of women suffering from these injuries. If you or someone you love are suffering from the complications of a transvaginal mesh implant surgery, contact our attorneys immediately at 1-866-804-4357.
What is Transvaginal Mesh?
The transvaginal mesh device is a surgical mesh generally used to repair damaged tissue. It can be used to correct Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) or a Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). It is used to support the urethra or bladder to correct for SUI or to reinforce the vaginal wall in a POP procedure. The procedure is sometimes referred to by different names including; a Tension-free transvaginal sling or TVT, transobturator tape or TOT, or a mini-sling procedure.
SUI or Stress Urinary Incontinence refers to an involuntary loss of urine during physical activity. It can occur when a woman coughs, laughs, exercising or other activities that cause pressure in the abdominal region and therefore increase pressure on the bladder. If the support of the pelvic floor is insufficient the urethra can move causing urine to be released. The pelvic floor can become weaker in women after childbirth and menopause.
POP or Pelvic Organ Prolapse occurs when a female’s pelvic organs have fallen from their original position, sometimes protruding into or through the vaginal wall. This again can be more common in women after childbirth, but other injuries and activities can also increase the risk of a pelvic prolapse.
There are numerous manufacturers of transvaginal mesh and sling devices that are currently facing lawsuits throughout the country based on the complications women are suffering from the defective products. These include:
- Boston Scientific
- American Medical Systems
- C.R. Bard, Inc.
- Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon
Complications of Transvaginal Mesh and Sling Procedures
Many women that have had the Transvaginal Mesh Procedure in order to treat SUI or POP have started to have numerous problems and complications associated with the mesh product implanted.
These can include:
- Pain during sex
- Erosion of the product into the vaginal wall or other organs
- Feeling of the mesh through the vaginal opening
- Perforation of the bladder or other organs by the mesh
- Additional urinary problems
- Additional pelvic prolapse complications
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pain in the vaginal region
- Draining, discharge and infection
- The need for revision and corrective surgery, often more than once
Some women have reported that the removal or revision of the mesh product has not lead to any reduction in the pain and suffering and thus they continue to have their quality of life affected in an adverse way.
FDA Issues Report on Complications
In July or 2011, the FDA issued a Safety Communication regarding the use of Transvaginal Mesh. In its communication the FDA identified surgical mesh as an area of continuing serious concern. Included in this warning is that the risk of serious complications associated with the use of surgical mesh for the repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) were not rare. The FDA also mentioned that the use of transvaginal mesh had not been shown to be any more effective than previous traditional non-mesh repair procedures. The FDA stated that they had received over 2,500 additional reports of complications related to the surgical mesh devices used in POP therapy.
More recently the FDA has updated the information on their website to include the FDA considering reclassifying the transvaginal mesh’s medical device class.
What to do if your Transvaginal Mesh is Causing Complications?
It is important when facing the devastation caused by complications related to a transvaginal mesh implant to protect your rights and the rights of your loved ones. The attorneys at Kell Lampin, LLC are experienced in handling the complex litigation and lawsuits that arise from defective medical devices such as transvaginal mesh. If you are suffering from the complications of a transvaginal mesh surgery contact us immediately at1-866-804-4357 or through our website.