Trans vaginal mesh is often used in vaginal reconstruction surgery. However, there are numerous medical problems that come from the mesh and they can lead to lifelong pain and vaginal scarring. Because of this, the FDA has released warnings and numerous lawsuits have taken place.
Trans Vaginal Mesh
Trans Vaginal Mesh (TVM) is a type of pharmaceutical product that was released by a number of different companies back in the 1950s. However, it was not until the late 1990s that the surgical use of the mesh became popular. As a woman ages or after she has children, trauma to the vaginal wall can lead to weakening that can come along with such problems as incontinence. While other types of repair surgeries are available, the trans vaginal mesh became a popular way to repair the vaginal wall. The mesh is implanted in the wall to give it strength and to support the female organs like the bladder and uterus.
By 2010, more than 70,000 vaginal repairs were done using the trans vaginal mesh for women with weakening of the vaginal wall. However, it was also in 2010 that the FDA released warnings about this product. At this time, the FDA has not recalled the TVMs, but warnings have indicated that the mesh can lead to serious complications, including infections that can be fatal.
The symptoms of the complications from trans vaginal mesh include the following:
- Abdominal pain and bleeding (which can often be lifelong)
- Perforation of surrounding organs during the placement surgery
- Erosion of the vaginal mesh into the body cavity
- Organ prolapse or vaginal prolapse
- Urinary incontinence
- Vaginal damage that causes pain and scarring
Because of the numerous problems from the trans vaginal meshes, it is suggested that patients have them removed. However, because of the way the mesh is implanted, it is often impossible to have them removed and that means that many people have lifelong problems from the trans vaginal mesh. Since there is no proof that surgeries of trans vaginal meshes are any more effective than other types of vaginal repair surgeries, there is no reason to use them.
There are five different companies currently in the United States that produce TVMS. These companies include C.R. Bard, Ethicon, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific and Proxy Biomedical. At this time, there are numerous personal injury lawsuits against these companies.
If you have had a vaginal repair surgery making use of a trans vaginal mesh and you have had any of the complications mentioned above, you are entitled to a personal injury lawsuit. Contact John Foy today, at 404 879-7518 to represent you and help you get the money you deserve