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Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can be performed without a transvaginal mesh. It may even be just as effective and much safer when performed without the mesh. However, manufacturers of transvaginal mesh do not promote the fact that there is no definitive evidence of the medical benefits of the mesh, and certainly risks associated with the mesh have been downplayed. Transvaginal mesh is a product whose marketing was driven by profit rather than by medicine.
If you suffered injury as a result of using this potentially dangerous device, a Florida transvaginal mesh complications lawyer can help you fight back against profit-driven medical devices. You may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and diminished quality of life. To learn whether you are eligible for compensation, please call (855) 880-4741 for a free case evaluation with Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter in Orlando, Florida.
What Is the Transvaginal Mesh?
The transvaginal mesh can be thought of as a safety net designed to support pelvic organs that have slipped out of place, causing discomfort or dysfunction.
Transvaginal mesh was never studied in detail before it was approved for these indications. Instead, manufacturers took advantage of a regulatory loophole to take a shortcut route to approval. They compared the use of mesh for these procedures to surgical mesh used in hernia repair and pointed to the fact that doctors were already experimenting with it for use in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapsed (POP) since 2002 and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) since 1996.
As a result, many have expressed concerns that these potentially defective medical devices are not safe and effective for use in these procedures. This includes models manufactured by:
- American Medical Systems (AMS)
- Boston Scientific
- C.R. Bard
- Johnson & Johnson
Although the FDA is currently only looking at the use of transvaginal mesh for POP, the use of mesh in either procedure may have put you at increased risk for injury. We will only know the true risk profile of these devices if everyone who has suffered injury comes forward.
Injuries Associated with Transvaginal Mesh
The transvaginal mesh was supposed to help surgeons repair injured organs that led to pain and dysfunction, but it often caused more serious injuries. The very high rate of complications for the transvaginal mesh when used for POP includes increased risk for:
- Additional surgeries—8.5% of patients needed additional surgery within one year, almost 50% more than with traditional surgery!
- Organ damage
- Vaginal erosion
- Mesh exposure—about 6% of patients experience this complication
- Abdominal or vaginal pain
- Painful intercourse
- Unexplained infections or signs of infection such as foul odor in the treatment area or fever
- Loss of skin and tissue in the treatment area
Unfortunately, if you experience these complications, you may undergo several multiple surgeries but never see the same level of improvement you might have seen with traditional surgery. As a result of the transvaginal mesh, you may suffer pain and dysfunction for the rest of your life.
Experienced Defective Medical Product Attorneys
When you are looking for compensation against a powerful opponent like a medical device manufacturer, you want to work with a law firm with sufficient experience and expertise to pursue your case with the maximum likelihood of success. Although we cannot guarantee we will win your case, we can guarantee we will work hard to ensure the maximum likelihood of success. Our reputation for aggressive and effective representation is well known, and you can look at our verdicts and settlements to see examples of how we have helped clients in the past.
If you have suffered injuries related to the use of transvaginal mesh, please contact Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter in Orlando, Florida today by completing the form on this page or calling (855) 880-4741 to schedule a free case evaluation.