Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a condition in which urine is leaked involuntarily during physical activity. Stress incontinence is caused by a weakening of the sphincter pelvic muscles, which support the bladder and urethra. As a result, the sphincter is not able to prevent the flow of urine when pressure is placed on the abdomen through physical activity, such as exercise, coughing, sexual intercourse, sneezing or standing.
The weakness in the pelvic muscles that causes SUI can be due to childbirth, injury to the urethra or surgery in the pelvic area. Women who also suffer from pelvic organ prolapse (POP)—in which the pelvic organs stick out into the vagina—may also experience SUI.
Women who experience SUI may undergo surgery to treat their condition, although doctors may wish to try other treatments before considering surgical options. Surgery to treat SUI can be performed by surgically repairing damaged tissue or through a vaginal sling procedure using a transvaginal surgical mesh product.
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in July 2011 about complications experienced by women who have undergone treatment with surgical mesh products. The agency stated that treatment with surgical mesh was no more effective at treating SUI or POP than traditional surgical repair, but carried risks of additional complications.
Problems that can result from surgery with a transvaginal mesh product can include vaginal mesh erosion, severe pain, problems during sexual intercourse, bleeding, infection and organ perforation. Hundreds of women who were treated with transvaginal mesh have filed lawsuits after experiencing complications from these products.
If you or a loved one has undergone surgery to treat stress urinary incontinence or other conditions using a transvaginal mesh product, 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.