Transvaginal/pelvic mesh is used in treating patients who suffer conditions of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. It acts as a sling or support for the organ(s) that have slipped out of its natural place within the body.
What is Prolapse?
Prolapse is a condition where the pelvic muscles surrounding the uterus, bladder, bowel and rectum become weak and stretch, thereby allowing the once supported body parts to sag or slip out of its natural place. According to the FDA (Federal Drug Administration), this condition affects 30-50% of all women as they age and 2% experience urinary leakage during physical activity.
Risks and Dangers
The mesh material used in this popular urogynecologic surgical procedure, over time, erodes or contracts and has led to complications, such as bleeding, severe pelvic pain, urinary problems and painful sexual intercourse.
The erosion of the mesh material causes the rough edges of the mesh to cut into the vaginal lining and surrounding organs causing organ perforation, bleeding and infection. Further, a transvaginal surgery to repair or correct a prolapse may not cure symptoms of prolapse. A revision surgery to remove the mesh is not only costly, but it is a difficult surgery due to body tissue growing in and around the mesh necessitating a lengthy recovery period and further high risk of damage and/or infection. Men are not exempt from the utilization of mesh in prolapse procedures and have been reported experiencing pain and irritation to the penis when exposed to eroded mesh.
Your Legal Rights
If you feel you or a loved one has experienced injuries as a result of transvaginal/pelvic mesh, please contact the Shelton Law Group at (888) 761-7204 or (502) 409-6460, or visit us at www.robsheltonlaw.com to determine whether you have a claim. The law requires a specific time frame (statute of limitations) in which to bring a claim. Claims for injuries and/or damages against manufacturers of this product include, but are not limited to the following:
- · Medical expenses (past and future)
- · Loss of earnings/earning capacity
- · Physical pain and suffering and/or impairment, as well as mental anguish