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Vaginal Mesh Complications

Complications From Vaginal Mesh

Vaginal mesh has long been used to treat problems such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. However, according to a July 2011 update by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the use of vaginal mesh can cause serious health risks for women who receive this form of treatment.

 

Did you or your loved one experience severe vaginal mesh complications following surgery for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence? You could be eligible to file a lawsuit for your additional injuries. The experienced trial attorneys of Miller Weisbrod, LLP, will help you determine your real options to submit a claim for just compensation for your injuries. Contact our office in Dallas today to schedule your free, confidential consultation.

How Is Vaginal Mesh Used?

An estimated one-third of women suffer POP or SUI at some point in their lives. POP occurs when weak pelvic floor muscles can no longer support pelvic organs such as the uterus, bladder, vagina or bowel, causing the organs to descend or droop into the vagina. This is usually due to childbirth, menopause or having the uterus surgically removed (hysterectomy). POP often causes SUI, or uncontrolled urination, due to pressure on the bladder or urethra.

 

Depending on the severity of these conditions, a surgeon may recommend inserting a synthetic mesh or a transvaginal sling into the pelvic space to reinforce weak muscles and support descending organs. Increasing reports of vaginal mesh complications, however, have given rise to serious concerns about this form of treatment.

FDA Cites Serious Vaginal Mesh Complications

The FDA began receiving reports of vaginal mesh complications as early as 2008 and sent out an initial health advisory about the relatively "low risk" of incurring such problems for POP or SUI repair. By 2011, however, the FDA reported they had received approximately 3,000 new reports of vaginal mesh complications since 2008. Consequently, in July 2011 the FDA issued an updated health advisory and accompanying video citing that vaginal mesh complications are not only more prevalent but also that the use of vaginal mesh is not necessarily more beneficial than non-mesh treatment. Complications include:

  • Mesh erosion into the vagina, the most common complaint
  • Ongoing pain and infection
  • Bleeding
  • Urinary problems
  • Difficulty or pain during sexual intercourse
  • Perforation of organs

Many of these complications require additional surgery to correct, and may even cause permanent damage. Additionally, the insertion of vaginal mesh may not be reversible, so women are advised to consult with their doctors about the known risks of using vaginal mesh.

Contact Miller Weisbrod

We have significant experience bringing cases nationwide against big medical device companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Tyco, Boston Scientific, Avaulta, Gynecare and other manufacturers of vaginal mesh. Our firm has an impressive track record in obtaining successful verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.

 

For more information on how to submit a claim, we invite you to contact us at 214.987.0005 to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled lawyers. If you are calling from outside the DFW Metroplex, please call our toll-free line at 888.987.0005. You may also contact us by e-mail.