Removal May Not Reverse Transvaginal Mesh Injuries
According to the findings of two new studies that were reported on May 19, 2014, at an annual meeting for the American Urological Association (AUA), removing a transvaginal mesh implant may not necessarily relieve the side-effects or complications that can arise from use of the mesh. The studies come at a time when concerns over transvaginal mesh implants are growing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a press announcement in April 2014, informing the public that it would require stricter testing and approval of transvaginal mesh products that are used to help reduce the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse. Although the agency initially reported that transvaginal mesh injuries were “rare,” the FDA has since changed its stance and is now classifying transvaginal mesh implants as “high-risk.”
The first study evaluated 123 women who underwent removal procedures of their transvaginal mesh implants or suburethral tape after allegedly experiencing pain and other complications. According to researchers, 67 percent of participants who were fitted with vaginal mesh reported no pain following the procedure. However, the second study found that although two-thirds of the 214 participants were pain-free following the procedures, the rest continued to suffer from transvaginal mesh injuries even after the devices were removed.
What is Transvaginal Mesh?
Women who are suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition characterized by a weakened pelvic floor, may receive a transvaginal mesh implant to support the bladder, uterus, and rectum and to prevent the organs from protruding into the vagina. Transvaginal mesh was first used in the 1990s to treat the symptoms of POP, including pelvic pain, urination and defecation problems, and discomfort during sexual intercourse.
While thousands of women reported little to no transvaginal mesh injuries, others began to allegedly experienced adverse side-effects, often as a result of the mesh eroding into the vaginal wall. As a result, women throughout the U.S. began to file lawsuits against several manufacturers of these devices, claiming that the products caused additional pain, infections, bleeding, and new or worsening urinary conditions. Some of the defendants named in pending lawsuits include Ethicon, C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, and Boston Scientific.
Women who have experienced transvaginal mesh injuries may be entitled to seek compensation for their relevant medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The last thing a patient needs to hear is that additional complications have arisen as a result of a removal procedure. Those who are allegedly suffering are urged to seek legal counsel from the TVM Info Center today.
Do You Have a Claim? Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one experienced transvaginal mesh injuries after you were fitted with the device, contact the TVM Info Center today for more information about pursuing a claim for compensation. We are currently providing free, no-obligation consultations. If you have a claim, we can connect you with one of our affiliated attorneys who can work to help you to file your lawsuit and recover the damages to which you may be entitled.