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Most women, either after childbirth or menopause, have experienced some form of pelvic organ prolapse. The FDA estimates that as many as half of all women have POP in their lifetime with 2 percent experiencing severe symptoms. The symptoms can be devastating, and for most women, embarrassing to admit even to their doctors. In the last decade, a surgery was been developed to add a mesh to a woman’s vaginal area, thus relieving her symptoms. These surgeries were very popular, but unfortunately the meshes began to fall apart, causing great distress and injury to the very people they were supposed to help.
In 2015, some 70,000 women filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of these meshes. This year, the FDA reclassified surgical mesh to repair POP transvaginally as a high-risk device.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury from Transvaginal Mesh or Pelvic Mesh surgery, contact our attorneys at John Foy & Associates at 404-400-4000. We’re one of Atlanta’s most established personal injury firms and we’re dedicated to helping those who have been injured by someone else’s negligence.
What is a transvaginal or pelvic mesh?
The FDA defines a transvaginal mesh as a medical device made of “porous absorbable or non-absorbable synthetic material or absorbable biologic material” that is inserted in the body to relieve symptoms of POP or urinary incontinence. The meshes are inserted through a woman’s vagina, instead of through surgery that cuts into her body.
In 2002, the first transvaginal mesh was approved to treat POP in women. These meshes were inserted vaginally. And though surgical meshes have worked well for other conditions, such as hernias, in the past, these devices proved to be a disaster for many women. Unfortunately, the devices began to fall apart, leaving patients in excruciating pain. By 2008, the FDA issued a report that was reinforced in 2011, informing the public that serious complications from these types of surgeries were “not rare”—a damning statement from any scientific body. Still, even with the 2008 warning, at least 100,000 POP repairs used surgical meshes two years later in 2010.
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What should I if I or a loved one suffered mesh complications after undergoing pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery with a trans vaginal mesh?
If you or someone you love has suffered mesh complications after undergoing pelvic prolapse repair surgery with a transvaginal mesh, talk to your surgeon or regular doctor about your symptoms. And contact an attorney at John Foy & Associates at 404-400-4000. Our conversation will be discreet and we’ll counsel you about joining this class action lawsuit.
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What are the complications of a transvaginal mesh surgeries that took place between 2005 and 2010?
Surgical meshes have been used to treat hernias for years, so it made sense initially that such a mesh would help women with POP or urinary continence. But multiple and serious complications ensued for those who had surgery between 2005 and 2010.
- Mesh erosion, leading to tremendous pain that even multiple subsequent surgeries may not repair
- Pain during intercourse
- Extreme pain in the stomach and pelvic region
- Continued urinary incontinence
- Perforated organs from the mesh material erosion
What are the different types of vaginal meshes and bladder slings?
If you have any questions about what kind of mesh you have, contact your physician. There are multiple types of vaginal meshes and bladder slings. A bladder sling is inserted through a few small incisions and is used to treat stress urinary incontinence in women. The symptoms of stress urinary incontinence include uncontrollable urine leakage when coughing, laughing, heavy exercise or lifting heavy objects. Again, women who have given birth are at risk for this condition. The two symptoms, POP and stress urinary incontinence often go hand in hand.
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What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse results when the walls of a woman’s vagina weaken. The bladder, rectal and uterine tissues then push into the vagina causing all sorts of symptoms, including:
- Urinary incontinence or not being able to control urination, also the opposite with difficulty urinating.
- Irritation or pain during intercourse, sometimes causing psychological problems.
- Bowel problems with stool being trapped, causing pain, pressure and constipation.
- General pressure in the back, pelvic region and legs.
Women who have given birth to multiple children are at a greater risk, as are women who are obese or have had pelvic organ surgery. With these symptoms, it’s easy to see why doctors and patients are desperate for treatment.
How does the FDA view transvaginal or pelvic mesh?
The FDA recently classified transvaginal mesh as “high-risk medical devices”, stating that women are often better off with more traditional types of surgeries. This ruling is specifically for these types of medical devices that are inserted through a patient’s vagina to repair POP.
The government agency does not classify pelvic meshes as high-risk, or even meshes that are inserted through the abdomen.
How do I become part of a class action suit against my transvaginal or pelvic mesh manufacturer?
To be part of a class action suit, you must have proof that you had a transvaginal surgery and that you have been damaged by it. Anyone can add her name to this type of class action suit, but it is better to have personal representation. These are complicated cases held in different states with multiple plaintiffs and high-powered attorneys on both side. Give our attorneys a call at 404-400-4000 for a free consultation.
Who is the responsible party in a transvaginal or pelvic mesh lawsuit?
In a transvaginal or pelvic mesh lawsuit, the manufacturer is the responsible party, says our firm founder, John Foy. “Manufacturers of medical devices have an ethical, medical and commercial obligation to test their devices long before they are put on the market,’’ he says.
What sort of compensation can I fight for in a transvaginal or pelvic mesh lawsuit?
A transvaginal or pelvic mesh lawsuit is tried as a class action suit. This sort of case represents multiple plaintiffs—or people who have been damaged by the negligence of the defendant. The court– using a matrix of how much the individual plaintiff has been damaged–decides on compensation.
How can John Foy & Associates help me in a class action suit for injuries from a transvaginal or pelvic mesh?
If you or a loved one has been damaged by a transvaginal or pelvic mesh, we at John Foy & Associates can help you maneuver through an intricate class action suit. You have the right to your own attorney in these sorts of cases, and we urge you to find a compassionate, hard-working firm like ours to follow the suit through its process. As one of Atlanta’s largest and most established personal injury firms, we have built our reputation and firm on helping people who have been injured by someone else’s actions.
Give us a call at 404-400-4000 for a free consultation. We’ll let you know if you are eligible to participate in this case. And if you decide to engage our firm, you’ll be able to concentrate on your health while we manage your case. There is no up-front cost to you; our fees come out of any settlement the court decides.