Pelvic Injury Caused by Transvaginal Mesh Implants
For decades hundreds of thousands of women have been affected by the use of a transvaginal mesh that were implanted by doctors, surgeons, clinics and hospitals across the nation, and the world. The mesh was used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), mostly in older women, and caused damage to the bladder or pelvis area. After undergoing the procedure many women have experienced vaginal bleeding, urinary problems, chronic pain, vaginal discharge, pain while having intercourse and more. The manufacturers of the devices have agreed to settle with many of the women. However, not all women who have had the procedure have experienced problems with them.
In a related case, a federal court in Brooklyn brought charges in May 2019 against a doctor and a surgical funding consultant for performing surgeries to remove transvaginal mesh implants under false pretenses as a way to profit from the millions of dollars that have been involved in the transvaginal mesh implant debacle.
What went wrong with transvaginal mesh implants?
There are 4 categories of transvaginal mesh which include Non-Absorbable synthetic, Absorbable synthetic, Biologic and Composite. The meshes were made from a type of plastic or in some cases from animal tissue. The meshes first started to be used in the 70s, while becoming much more widely used in the 90s. The original clearance from the FDA came in 1996 for SUI procedures, and in 2002 for POP procedures. Serious problems occurred when the mesh began to perforate the organs of some women, meaning the mesh penetrated the walls of one or more organs, such as the bladder, vagina, intestines or colon. In in 2008 and 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published two major safety warnings about serious vaginal mesh complications. Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been brought against the manufacturers of vaginal mesh products and some manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson stopped selling their mesh products. In April of 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered the last two companies still selling transvaginal mesh, Boston Scientific and Coloplast A/S, to stop selling the product, citing safety concerns. So far, the mesh manufacturers have agreed to pay out $8 million in restitution.
If you or a female member of your family has had a transvaginal mesh or pelvic mesh implanted and is experiencing pain, bleeding etc., please contact the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates today at 718-407-4123 for a free consultation. You may be due compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income and more. Our knowledgeable and compassionate transvaginal and pelvic mesh lawyers will fight zealously for you to receive the compensation and justice you deserve.