Get Transvaginal Mesh Help

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.

What Is Transvaginal Surgical Mesh?

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.

What Complications Can Mesh Devices Cause?

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.

Possible complications from transvaginal placement of surgical mesh include:

  • Recurrence of Organ Prolapse
  • Painful Sexual Intercourse (Dyspareunia)
  • Death
  • Severe Vaginal and/or Pelvic Pain
  • Irritation
  • Urinary Problems
  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Vaginal Scarring
  • Recurrence of Incontinence
  • Vaginal Wall Narrowing

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.

Who Makes Transvaginal Mesh?

There are several manufacturers of transvaginal mesh. These include:

  • C.R. Bard
  • Gynecare/Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson
  • Tyco Covidien
  • Mentor OB
  • American Medical Systems (AMS)
  • Boston Scientific

What To Do If You've Suffered Complications

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.