Vaginal Mesh Implants
Vaginal mesh is a medical implant product designed specifically to repair pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence in women. These implants and the surgical procedure surrounding them contributed to serious post-operative complications including erosion, pain, infections, and organ perforation.
Women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) often experience bladder collapse or rectum obtrusion. In the 1970s, gynecological surgeons began experimenting with the use of mesh implants used for hernia operations in procedures for POP. In 2002, the FDA finally approved products designed specifically for repairs of POP or urinary stress incontinence (SI); these products became commonly known as Vaginal Mesh Implants.
Problems with Transvaginal Mesh Implants
According to the largest study of patients who received vaginal mesh implants, about 10% of women experience mesh erosion within a year after surgery. Reports of complications came too late for hundreds of thousands of women who already had mesh implanted. Many others experienced pain and discomfort, infections, and bleeding from mesh site. In order to correct the problem, the usual treatment is excision of the mesh via vaginal incision.
The FDA report on vaginal mesh implants lists the most common problems as:
- Erosion or protrusion of the mesh from the soft tissues
- Pain, including pain with intercourse
- Infections in the area of the mesh
- Urinary tract problems
- Bleeding from the mesh site
- Damage to nearby organs
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the makers of transvaginal mesh devices alleging the medical devices were defectively designed and caused serious health problems. The meshes are implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, but have been linked to mesh erosion, organ damage, chronic pain, bowel and bladder perforation, vaginal scarring, urinary problems and infections.
Some women have undergone surgery to remove the vaginal mesh, but sometimes the damage has allegedly been permanent. Besides surgery, treatment of complications associated with the mesh can include IV therapy, blood transfusions and drainage of hematomas or abscesses.
As of November 2014, over 70,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits had been filed against several manufacturers, including C.R. Bard, Ethicon (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary), American Medical Systems, Coloplast, and Boston Scientific and consolidated for pretrial proceedings. Some lawsuits have been settled or resulted in awards to the plaintiffs, but many lawsuits are still pending.
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