Surgical Mesh Side Effects
Written by Faith Anderson on September 19, 2012
Potential Side Effects of Transvaginal Mesh Devices
The use of surgical mesh has become more and more popular in recent years, most commonly to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. This type of device is intended to provide support for organs, and the mesh is anchored near the uterus to prevent organs from descending into the body cavity and putting pressure on the bladder and other organs. Unfortunately, serious concerns have been raised about the safety of transvaginal mesh devices, as there has been a surprisingly high rate of problems associated with mesh placement, including mesh erosion, infection, damage to nearby organs, mesh shrinkage or hardening, and other types of injury. In many cases of surgical mesh side effects, these problems lead to the need for the woman’s doctor to remove the vaginal mesh, which this new report indicates may expose women to further harm.
FDA Warnings for Surgical Mesh Complications
In July 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to vaginal mesh manufacturers after receiving as many as 2,874 adverse event reports associated with mesh products between January 2008 and December 2010. After reviewing available data, the FDA concluded that there was no evidence suggesting that transvaginal mesh provides any additional benefits when compared to more traditional treatments for pelvic organ prolapse. Numerous manufacturers of surgical mesh products are now facing thousands of lawsuits filed in state and federal courts across the United States, which claim that they failed to adequately research the risks linked to the products or provide sufficient warnings to women and medical professionals regarding potential complications.
Contact a Defective Product Attorney Today
In July 2012, the first transvaginal mesh case presented to a jury resulted in a $5.5 million award for a California women who suffered complications when her Bard Avaulta mesh sliced through her colon, causing her to require at least eight additional surgeries. Additional vaginal mesh lawsuits are scheduled for trial in federal court starting in February 2013. If you received a surgical mesh implant to treat POP or SUI, and you have since experienced a serious side effect potentially caused by the device or by its removal, contact an experienced surgical mesh attorney today. With the aid of a skilled defective product lawyer, you can protect your legal rights and hold the allegedly negligent manufacturer liable for your injuries in pursuit of the financial compensation you deserve.