The history of modern medicine has made leaps and bounds to treat conditions that only 50 years ago were only treatable with invasive surgery. Transvaginal mesh was no different, and during its initial years, it was revolutionary to women who suffered from certain conditions. However, the mass production of transvaginal mesh has placed manufacturers and doctors alike under the spotlight, as thousands of women have suffered serious complications from the use of transvaginal mesh. If you or a loved one were injured from transvaginal mesh, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Transvaginal mesh was first used by surgeons in the 1970s for use to repair pelvic organ prolapse and treat stress urinary incontinence. Medical device manufacturers shortly took notice and began manufacturing their own mesh products to treat these conditions, often packaging the mesh together in “kits” with instructions on how to implant the mesh. Transvaginal mesh is made with polypropylene and is surgically implanted through the vagina.
Often used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, transvaginal mesh often now comes with strict warnings and high risks of injuries. The conditions transvaginal mesh treats are not often discussed among most women, and therefore the latent risks which come with the implantation flew relatively under the radar until women began to file claims against the manufacturers.
The implantation technique suggested by the manufacturers has often led to serious complications such as infection, erosion of the vaginal tissue, and organ perforation.
In 2008, the FDA released a report stating that the number of “adverse events” associated with transvaginal mesh was over 1,000 in a three-year period. From 2008-2010, the FDA reported an additional 2,874 reports of complications associated with transvaginal mesh, noting that it is not a “rare occurrence.” The most common complications reported during this period was exposure/erosion through the vagina, infection, organ perforation, and urinary problems, in addition to emotional problems resulting from these issues.
Transvaginal mesh implants are often suggested as a less invasive procedure to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. However, many doctors do not adequately warn the patient of the risks involved with the procedure, and many doctors continue to purchase transvaginal mesh kits from manufacturers with a proven incident rate. In these situations, both the doctor and manufacturer may be liable for the resulting injuries. Our experienced attorneys at Sadler and Sadler will assist you in better understanding the proper party for your claim, as well as the amount of damages you will be able to include in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have been injured by transvaginal mesh implants, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Sadler & Sadler. The implantation of transvaginal mesh has been known for years to have a high risk of injury following the procedure, and manufacturers have not taken adequate steps to guarantee its safety. Both the manufacturer and the doctor who implanted the mesh could be held liable for your resulting injuries, depending on the facts of your case. Contact our San Antonio office today for your initial free consultation.