If you've suffered serious injuries or complications from transvaginal devices or polypropylene mesh, you are not alone. In the past 10 years, more than 100,000 women per year have had surgeries for the implantation of a vaginal mesh device. Of those women, more than 15 percent suffered erosion, a painful condition in which the skin splits and the mesh protrudes through the vaginal tissues. In 2008, the FDA issued a safety alert on the serious complications associated with transvaginal mesh devices.
When the vaginal walls become damaged or weakened, surgical mesh can be transvaginally implanted to provide support and strength. Transvaginal mesh devices treat stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and any other injuries that weaken the vaginal walls.
Pelvic organ prolapse, or POP, is a weakening of the pelvic floor tissue that results in pelvic organs dropping from their normal position, most commonly the bladder but also the uterus, vagina, urethra, bowels and rectum. Having a baby can greatly increase your chances of having pelvic organ prolapse in the future due to the strain put on the pelvic organs.
In addition to erosion, transvaginal mesh implantation can cause a host of other painful, severe complications. Recently, the FDA issued an updated health warning that noted serious complications associated with transvaginal surgical mesh were not rare. The updated warning also noted that pelvic organ prolapse can often be successfully treated without mesh.
Treatment for complications from surgical mesh can be costly and invasive. Some treatments include additional surgeries for removal, blood transfusions, IV therapy and/or drainage of hematomas and abscesses.
If you or a loved one had a transvaginal mesh product implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse, the odds are high that you have suffered or will suffer serious complications, in addition to the related pain, thousands of dollars in medical bills and diminished quality of life. The experienced attorneys at Dax F. Garza, P.C. can help determine whether you have a case and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.