Vaginal Mesh – Women and Physicians Claim Failure to Warn

February 20th, 2016

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Vaginal mesh implants manufactured by a number of different companies have been shown to cause serious complications in women. The mesh, originally used successfully in hernia surgeries came into use to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women in the 1990’s. The FDA approved the use of transvaginal mesh for prolapse in 2001, noting that associated complications were rare.

Now, years later despite the belief that the mesh was safe for implanting thousands of women have reported serious injuries.  These include ongoing severe pain, the inability to engage in sexual intercourse, bleeding, erosion of the mesh into the tissue, disintegration of the mesh into the internal tissues, infections, perforation of the bowel, and incontinence. Patients often undergo “revision” surgeries or even multiple surgeries to remove the mesh, and many still suffer severe complications. One of the main problems is the mesh which typically consists of a polymer will constrict with time, thus causing a literal shrinkage.  Additionally the MDS sheet for the material used to manufacture many of the types of mesh literally says that it’s not to be used in the human body and yet it continues to be implanted in unsuspecting women.

Failure to Warn

Numerous claims against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon and Boston Scientific allege the pharmaceutical giants of a failure to warn physicians and patients about the dangers inherent to their transvaginal mesh products. Plaintiffs and their physicians have asserted that they were not warned of potential risks, even after the manufacturers received numerous reports of complications including curling, erosion, and necessary revision surgeries. Many women say they would have chosen an alternative surgery or refused surgery completely had they been notified of the potential risks.

A 2011 FDA warning informs patients and medical professionals that serious complications associated with transvaginal mesh are “not rare,” a change from their 2008 report. The warning indicates that thousands of women have reported injuries and complications from the use of the pelvic mesh. Further, the FDA notes that the transvaginal mesh surgery is not associated with improved outcomes compared to traditional surgery. This warning, however, comes too late for many women already suffering from the complications of transvaginal mesh surgery.

If you are experiencing complications and believe they may be associated with your pelvic mesh implant, our compassionate attorneys can help determine if you have a claim. Do not suffer in silence! Our firm has already evaluated, secured settlement and obtain monetary disbursement for clients how have had vaginal mesh implants.  

You or a loved one may also be eligible to receive compensation for medical treatments, pain and suffering, and other damages. Medical manufacturers must be held accountable for their failure to warn physicians and patients about the complications and risk they knew were associated with their products. We can work with you and will fight vigorously for justice in your case. Contact us online or by phone at 877-717-5342 or 256-543-HURT for a free consultation.

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