With the US Food and Drug Administration classifying the risk involved in using transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse from “moderate” to “high,” the number of defective medical devices lawsuits over injuries caused by surgical mesh is expected to rise. Already, there have been at least 600 transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, and other mesh product manufacturers. In Massachusetts, please contact our Boston defective medical device law firm and request your free consultation.
Mesh products used to treat pelvic prolapse are often used to support the organs that have started to fall or keep them from pressing against the vagina or bladder. Vaginal mesh can also be used to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence.
It was just last July that the FDA cautioned that there has been a fivefold increase in women experiencing injuries and pain after having the mesh vaginally inserted during surgery. The federal agency also reported that undergoing a transvaginal mesh procedure placed a patient at higher risk of complications than if she had opted for treatment with another type of surgical procedure. Considering that last year alone approximately 300,000 women underwent pelvic prolapse surgeries with over 70,000 of them using vaginal mesh, the fact that so many more women are now experiencing related complications is disturbing.
Signs you may be experiencing surgical mesh complications:
• Infection • Vaginal scarring • Painful intercourse • Pain • Mesh erosion • Urinary issues • Perforation of the bladder, bowel, or blood vessel • Deformed vaginal tissues • Rectal problems • Pelvic pin • Nerve damage • Prolapsed organs
Many women suffering from these complications may not be aware that their mesh product is the cause of their pain and discomfort. They may even have to undergo more surgical procedures to rectify the problem, which can cause even more pain and place them at risk of further complications.
The Next Medical Device Controversy: Vaginal Mesh, Bloomberg Businessweek, September 15, 2011
FDA Panel Calls for Tougher Approvals for Vaginal Mesh, Medscape News, September 9, 2011
Related Web Resources:
Food and Drug Administration
Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Mayo Clinic
More Blog Posts:
Boston Products Liability?: FDA Considering Tougher Review Process for Mesh Products, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, August 30, 2011
Defective Medical Device?: Transvaginal Mesh to Treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse May Cause Health Complications, Warns FDA, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, July 15, 2011
Boston Products Liability Lawsuits Filed Over DePuy ASR Hip Devices, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, January 4, 2011
Contact Altman & Altman and ask to speak with an experienced Boston injury lawyer about your Massachusetts vaginal mesh case.