Transvaginal Mesh

Find Out If You Have a Transvaginal Mesh Case

The personal injury lawyers at Goldberg & Osborne are now taking claims regarding the use of transvaginal mesh, where it has been used as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

In a July 13, 2011 news release, the FDA updated its position regarding serious complications resulting from transvaginal mesh as a treatment of POP.  Deputy director and chief scientist of the FDA’s center for devices and radiological health, William Maisel, MD, M.P.H. stated “There are clear risks associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh to treat POP.  The FDA is asking surgeons to carefully consider all other treatment options and to make sure that their patients are fully informed of potential complications from surgical mesh.  Mesh is a permanent implant — complete removal may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications.”

Dangers of Transvaginal Mesh

Initially, mesh implants were used to treat hernias in the abdomen. They were later used in the pelvic region to treat POP and SUI. However, mesh was designed to be implanted via a sterile environment, such as during abdominal surgery. Problems with transvaginal mesh implantation can begin with the transvaginal procedure itself, as the vagina is inherently full of bacteria and not sterile. Furthermore, the pelvic region is much more dynamic than the abdomen, making it an ill suited location for the rather stable and relatively immovable mesh. Mesh is also not designed to accommodate the tissue and blood flow issues present in the pelvis.  As a result of these limitations, the mesh can cause irritation, inflammation, and pain.

The most common complication associated with transvaginal mesh is erosion. Mesh is made of polypropylene and erodes inside the body. However, doctors are taught that polypropylene is inert, meaning that it will not erode in the body.  Therefore, physicians may not fully inform their patients of risks associated with transvaginal mesh treatments.

Erosion of the mesh can cause it to become rough, causing further inflammation and nerve damage. It can also result in breakage, causing pieces of the mesh to become lodged in organs or in the vaginal wall. In some cases, pieces of broken mesh have pierced through the vaginal wall, which can become debilitating for the  woman. As a result of mesh erosion, men may experience penal irritation and pain during intercourse.

A newly reported complication is mesh contraction, which may cause vaginal shortening, tightening, and pain. The FDA has acknowledged that mesh erosion and contraction can cause several issues, including severe pelvic pain, painful sexual intercourse, or inability to participate in sexual intercourse.

FDA research has concluded that many patients who are treated with transvaginal mesh, rather than traditional POP repair with stitches, are exposed to additional risks. When comparing mesh repair to stitches, mesh has not proven to provide any greater clinical benefit. Therefore, the FDA is now urging physicians to acknowledge that POP can be successfully treated with non-mesh procedures in most cases. They should also consider that abdominally placed mesh for POP repair could result in lower rates of complication compared to mesh transvaginally placed.

Have you or a loved one been injured by transvaginal mesh? Contact Goldberg & Osborne today.

The law firm of Goldberg & Osborne is dedicated to helping injured people nationwide and is currently accepting cases for transvaginal mesh complications. For a FREE case evaluation, please call us toll-free at 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) or submit a short and simple online case form here. If you choose to submit a case inquiry through this website, a legal assistant will call you to obtain information from which our attorneys will evaluate your potential claim.

If you have suffered an injury from a transvaginal mesh implant, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer or physician. All states have time limits in which cases must be filed or they will be forever barred. Contact our Transvaginal mesh injury lawyers today!

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