How did Transvaginal Mesh failures happen?
Tansvaginal mesh is a medical device made from polypropylene, which is a plastic. The transvaginal mesh medical device is used to fix pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that pelvic organ prolapse (POP) mesh has more serious complications than other surgical options. Some of the most common complications are:
- Urinary problems
- Vaginal scarring
- Pain during sex
- Mesh erosion
- Bowel, bladder and blood vessel perforation
Who can file a Transvaginal Mesh failure lawsuit?
If you had a transvaginal mesh surgery and suffered complications from that surgery, you may be entitled to a settlement. At this point, there is no clear idea how many women have been injured by defective transvaginal mesh failures. We highly suggest you contact a defective product lawyer to help if you are having complications.
What compensation is available to victims?
Women who suffered complications from transvaginal mesh surgeries may be entitled to many different forms of compensation from a lawsuit. Some transvaginal mesh victims will be eligible for money for past medical bills. There may also be money to cover future medical bills as well. Some settlements may include money for pain and suffering from transvaginal mesh failures. If you missed time at work from a transvaginal mesh failure, you be able to recover money for lost wages. For questions about what you are monetarily owed, call for a free legal consultation.
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Transvaginal Mesh Verdicts and Settlements
$200 Million Settlement: According to Bloomberg News, C.R. Bard Inc. has settled for $200 million for injuries from transvaginal mesh failures.
$119 Million Settlement: Reuters News reports that Boston Scientific Corp has settled for around $199 million for injuries from transvaginal mesh failures.
Who will be held liable in a Transvaginal Mesh lawsuit?
The manufacturer of the transvaginal mesh device may be the liable party in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. The manufacturers are the ones that designed a defective product and released it to the marketplace. At this point, most transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been against the manufacturer of the medical device.
Why did the FDA approve Transvaginal Mesh?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves lots of medical devices and medicines that years later cause serious side effects and complications. Just because a medical device or medicine is FDA-approved, does not mean it is safe. Most lawsuits against manufacturers are for FDA-approved medical devices and medicines.
What are my options after a Transvaginal Mesh failure?
Many women have had corrective surgery after a transvaginal mesh failure. Some women who had corrective surgery can receive money for those medical bills associated with the transvaginal mesh failure. Corrective surgery bills from a transvaginal mesh failure can be expensive and you shouldn’t have to be the one paying them.
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Many women who suffer pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), medical conditions that occur when the internal support structure of the vagina fails, undergo a surgical procedure in which a transvaginal mesh (TVM) is inserted to help hold the woman’s internal organs in place. Rather than simply stitching tissue of the vaginal wall together, the transvaginal mesh is used to keep the organs—namely the urethra, cervix, and rectum—from falling out of place and “sagging” inside the body cavity.
In 2010, more than 75,000 women had transvaginal mesh surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse.
Transvaginal Mesh Complications
A study regarding vaginal meshes published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed troubling results with these procedures: Women who had a transvaginal mesh inserted suffered higher rates of serious complications, including bladder perforation and pelvic hemorrhage and an increased number of adverse events after the surgery, such as urinary incontinence and pain during intercourse.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns, “The most frequent complications included erosion through vaginal epithelium, infection, pain, urinary problems, and recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence. There were also reports of bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion. In some cases, vaginal scarring and mesh erosion led to a significant decrease in patient quality of life due to discomfort and pain.”
Furthermore, these problems can result in additional complications, such as the need for a second, “revision surgery,” IV therapy, blood transfusions, and the treatment of hematomas or abscesses.
Update: The FDA issued an urgent safety communication advising patients and their healthcare providers to consider alternatives to transvaginal mesh. The FDA met to discuss a potential ban on the mesh, after receiving more than 3,875 injury reports associated with the mesh, three of which involved fatalities, from 2005 to 2010.
Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Common?
Some estimates suggest that nearly half of all women between the ages of 50 and 79 have some degree of prolapse. The risk that a woman will need a surgical procedure to correct prolapse is about 11%, and about 33% of these women will need a second surgery to correct problems stemming from the condition or initial surgery.
What Causes This Condition?
Pelvic organ prolapse is a result of predisposition, race, and injury. Caucasian women are more likely to suffer the condition than African American women, and injury, childbirth, heavy lifting, and even smoking are also contributing factors.
Should I Contact Woods & Woods Transvaginal Mesh Failure Lawyers?
If you or someone you care about has a transvaginal mesh used to correct pelvic organ prolapse and suffered any of the above symptoms, our transvaginal mesh failure lawyers may be able to help. Contact us today to learn how.
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