About Transvaginal Mesh
Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh device used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. The device is placed into a woman’s vagina during surgery in order to increase the length of time that treatment remains effective. Approximately 25% of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgeries and 80% of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) surgeries are done using transvaginal mesh.
The first surgical mesh especially designed to treat SUI was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996; mesh for POP surgery was approved by the agency in 2002. Over the next few years, specially designed kits for transvaginal mesh were released, containing special tools for use during surgery. Transvaginal mesh products are manufactured by several major medical device companies, including Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems (AMS).
The FDA has stated that women who undergo POP surgery with surgical mesh are at risk of side effects not faced by women who opt for traditional surgical repair. But in spite of the additional complications faced by vaginal mesh users, the FDA has stated that transvaginal mesh does not provide any additional benefits for treatment compared to surgery without mesh.
According to a warning issued by the FDA, reports of complications from transvaginal mesh rose by five times between 2008 and 2010. Women who experienced problems with surgical mesh have reported symptoms such as vaginal mesh erosion, severe pain, problems during sexual intercourse, bleeding, infection, urinary problems and organ perforation.
Studies have shown that 10% of women treated with transvaginal mesh for POP experienced vaginal mesh erosion within one year of surgery. In some cases, these women have been forced to undergo multiple surgeries in order to correct the problems with the device.
If you or a loved one received transvaginal mesh for POP or SUI repair surgery and have suffered complications from the device, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.