Transvaginal Mesh Implants
What is a Transvaginal Mesh Implant?
A transvaginal mesh implant is a surgically implanted device that stretches across the vaginal wall to add extra support to tissues that were damaged during an injury, like childbirth. A transvaginal mesh patch is used to treat incontinence and a pelvic prolapse, which is a condition where the bladder or other organ begins to slip out of place. The mesh is made up of fabric, which is a polypropylene polymer, such as Gore-Tex and Teflon.
What Causes Injuries from Transvaginal Mesh Implants?
There have been a growing number of reports involving surgical mesh associated complications in women. After the mesh is implanted it can move around the body and lead to serious injury. A clinical study revealed that over 15% of women with the mesh implant experienced the dangerous and painful condition known as “erosion” in which the skin splits and the mesh protrudes. The tissue is cut by the frayed edges of the mesh material.
What Complications are Caused by Transvaginal Mesh Implants?
Many patients have reported experiencing serious problems, including:
- Erosion through the vaginal wall
- Internal bleeding
- Pain during intercourse
- Perforation of the bowels or bladder
- Recurring prolapsed and incontinence
- Vaginal Scarring
- Urinary problems
What Does the FDA Say About Transvaginal Mesh Implants?
In July 2011, after receiving over 1500 adverse event reports relating to serious injuries caused by the implantation of polypropylene transvaginal mesh, the FDA issued a medical alert to physicians. The alert warned that the risk of serious injury outweighed all purported benefits associated with the use of these devices. Specifically, the FDA found that the implementation of these devices should be limited to procedures as a last resort.
What Should You Do If You Have Been Injured after Using a Transvaginal Mesh Implant?
If you have suffered from pain or complications due to a defective transvaginal mesh implant, you may be able to recover compensation for your physical, emotional and financial loss. The experienced transvaginal mesh attorneys at Henry Spiegel Milling LLP have over 100 years of combined experience in complex product liability cases. Contact our office today at (404) 832-8000 for a free consultation to evaluate your case. We represent transvaginal mesh clients in Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, and Albany, Georgia, as well as across the United States