Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer
Our transvaginal mesh lawyers are reviewing lawsuits on behalf of women that have experienced pain and complications from transvaginal mesh. If you feel that you might have a case, please contact us today.
Is Transvaginal Mesh Safe?
The safety and effectiveness of using transvaginal placement of surgical mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is coming under increasing investigation.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two safety announcements on the subject and will sponsor a meeting Sept. 8-9, 2011 to discuss the issue further. The agency is also convening a panel of outside experts to decide if clinical trials should be conducted to provide additional information on the safety and efficacy of using transvaginal surgical mesh to treat POP.
Problems with Transvaginal Surgical Mesh for POP
The FDA estimated that in 2010, about 300,000 women had surgical procedures in the U.S. to repair POP. Of those, 100,000 POP surgeries used mesh and three-quarters of these surgeries were done transvaginally. Both the use of the mesh and the transvaginal approach have come into question.
Women and their doctors have reported many problems over the last several years with their experiences with transvaginal surgical mesh for POP. Many of the complications have been serious, and some have even led to wrongful death.
An FDA review of the medical literature identified the following safety issues with transvaginally placed surgical mesh for POP repair:
- Patients having POP repair with mesh faced complications not faced by patients who had traditional surgery without mesh.
- For some, complications such as pain changed their lives forever. Such pain continues for some patients even after the mesh is removed.
- Contrary to previous FDA statements, complications with mesh are not rare. The most common mesh-related complication, vaginal mesh erosion, occurred in 10 percent of women within a year of their surgery. More than half the women who experienced erosion from non-absorbable synthetic mesh needed to have surgery, sometimes two or three times, to remove the mesh.
- Another complication, mesh contraction, is being increasingly reported in the literature. This can cause vaginal pain, shortening and tightening.
- Women who had repair with mesh who didn't have stress urinary incontinence previously, started to have it more often than women treated without mesh.
- Transvaginal surgery to correct prolapse of the vagina is associated with more complications than traditional surgery to correct vaginal prolapse.
- Abdominal POP surgery using mesh seems to cause fewer complications than transvaginal POP surgery with mesh.
In terms of efficacy, the transvaginal surgical procedure using mesh doesn't seem to have any added benefit compared to traditional surgery without mesh.
How a Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer Can Help
If you have suffered from any of the complications discussed above, a transvaginal mesh attorney should be able to help you recover compensation for the pain and suffering you are experiencing. Our attorneys offer free case reviews for women who feel they might have a legal claim. To schedule your free consultation, please contact us today.