The lawyers at Bennerotte & Associates are investigating cases of woman who suffered mesh complications after undergoing pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery with a trans vaginal mesh. Such women may have legal recourse.
On July 13, 2011, the FDA announced that patients undergoing pelvic organ prolapse repair with a surgical mesh may be at a greater risk for mesh complications than women pursuing other surgical treatments. Because the manufacturers of trans vaginal meshes failed to warn patients and doctors about this increased risk, women suffering mesh complications may be able to file a claim seeking compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages.
Vaginal Mesh Complications: Eroded Mesh, Infection
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair surgery can be performed through the abdomen or the vagina, using stitches or a surgical mesh to reinforce the repair and to support the pelvic organs. According to the FDA, the transvaginal placement of the surgical mesh may put women at a greater risk for POP mesh complications than other surgical options. In addition, the agency claims that with the exposure to greater risk comes no indication of greater clinical benefit in women electing to undergo pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery transvaginally.
The following are among the vaginal mesh complications reported by women who underwent pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery with a trans vaginal mesh:
- Mesh erosion
- Pain during sex
- Urinary problems
- Vaginal scarring
- Bowel, bladder and blood vessel perforation
The FDA first alerted the public to these trans vaginal mesh problems when it released a safety communication in 2008 regarding the complications associated with the trans vaginal placement of surgical mesh to treat POP and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). In the vaginal mesh complications safety announcement, the agency claimed that in the past three years it had received more than 1000 reports of mesh complications from nine different manufacturers. Since then, the number of mesh complications reported to the agency has increased; from 2008 to 2010, the agency received more than 1500 reports of mesh complications stemming from pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery, five times as many as it had received between 2005 to 2007. However, these reports of mesh complications did not always indicate whether the patient underwent POP surgery through the abdomen or the vagina.
Lawyers for Vaginal Mesh Problems
In light of the FDA mesh warnings, the lawyers at Bennerotte & Associates are available to review claims of vaginal mesh complications from women who were implanted with many types of vaginal meshes and bladder slings. Please call us for a free consultation.
Read More on Vaginal Mesh Complications:
- Updated Safety Communication for Transvaginal Mesh Systems
- FDA Press Announcement Regarding Vaginal Mesh Complications