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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Transvaginal Mesh: Not So Great after All

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Personal Injury, Product Liability, Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit | 0 comments

Transvaginal Mesh is used to treat two common conditions: stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Stress urinary incontinence is when leakage from the bladder during things such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, etc. happens as a result of weakening of the sphincter pelvic muscles. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are weak and lose their ability to support pelvic organs such as the uterus and bladder, allowing them to descend from their normal place in the body and push through the vaginal wall.

The transvaginal mesh procedure is intended to provide replacement for the weakened muscles. The mesh is a porous material, either synthetic or biologic.

Unfortunately, these transvaginal mesh procedures have caused a lot of problems for many women in the last few years. As noted on the Williams Kherkher website, “In reality, the use of transvaginal mesh comes with the threat of significant complications and risks that can ultimately negate any benefits of the device.” The FDA has received over 1,000 reports of problems with the surgical repair.

Common injuries resulting from these procedures are pain while urinating, prolapsed organs, fistulas, painful sexual relations, urinary retention, infection, mesh erosion, contraction of the mesh, and mesh exposure.

It is not yet clear what the exact causes of these problems is, but it is likely a number of factors combined. Women should be cautious and explore all possible options when thinking about undergoing transvaginal mesh surgery. In order to better avoid suffering dangerous outcomes such as those mentioned above, women need to be sure and do thorough research before agreeing to this surgery. However, when complications do arise, they’re typically not the woman’s fault by any means. Massachusetts personal injury attorneys can help women who’ve been injured through defective vaginal mesh or improperly performed surgeries seek compensation for their undue injuries.

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