Transvaginal Mesh Patch: Good Intention, Harmful Product

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The Vaginal mesh implant or transvaginal mesh treatment is supposed to strengthen or replace insufficient tissue thickness and softness in the weakened vaginal wall. This surgical procedure, which also helps put an end to hysterectomy and alternative curative procedures, is essential when the female’s pelvic muscles can no longer support her urethra and bladder. Delay in treatment or failure to treat will certainly result to stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), pelvic disorders millions of women in the US suffer from and which make a person suffer from unrestrained bowel and urine movement.

Though introduced as a low-risk surgery, vaginal mesh implant is reported to cause severe complications, like mesh migration, mesh exposure, mesh contraction, mesh erosion, vaginal scarring and shrinkage, infections, bleeding and perforation of the organ. Even the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health declared, in 2011, that transvaginal mesh placement was unsafe for women with pelvic organ prolapse. The center also said that once implanted, removal of the vaginal mesh device may no longer be possible, making the person suffer, from the complications it causes, permanently.

The treatment consisted in the placing of an absorbable biological or porous synthetic substance in the vaginal wall which would take away any discomfort and pain brought about by SUI and POP. Instead of providing relief, however, more harm has been caused. Reports, in fact, have stated about seven deaths and as many as 3,874 complications between 2005 and 2010.

The four leading manufacturers of transvaginal mesh patches are Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, Bard and Boston Scientific. Although no one can fully remedy the serious harm already done, it is still necessary that the liable party be brought to justice – first, to help make sure that they no longer lead anyone to believe that their product is safe and, second, for you to receive the compensation that you rightfully deserve.

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