Women throughout the United States are reporting severe complications with their Transvaginal Mesh Implants.Our female medical Counselor listens to stories of physical and emotional pain and suffering on a daily basis. Women have described it as barbed wire and their husbands have become victimes as well. Many women can no longer work and their lives are destroyed. Marriages are being torn apart as husbands feel a barbed wire substance.
What is a TransVaginal Mesh Implant?
The Vaginal mesh, which is often called a “hammock” or a “sling,” is a device which is used after hysterectomey or a related surgery to treat (POP) Pelvic Organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. Many woman suffer these types of medical issues as a result of weakened pelvic muscles. The pelvic floor muscles stretch and weaken and the vaginal muscles can no longer completely support the bladder, bowel or uterus . As the muscles lose their retaining power, the bladder, urethra, bowel, and uterus can “drop” downward, bulging or prolapsing into the vagina. These prolapse conditions range from mild to severe. While there are several causes of this condition it normally occurs because of age, childbirth, hysterectomy, or menopause.
While incontinence is not uncommon, normally when woman begin to experience more severe symptoms like pressure, pain, SUI, constipation, and sexual problems, they will seek the advice of a doctor. Doctors have been using the transvaginalmesh devices to act as a support structure for women with a weakened pelvic floor. However these Doctors were convinced by sales reps about a product which turned out to cause sever complications. Women are suffering. Several medical device manufacturers began selling vaginal mesh as a cure all for these types of problems and told doctors and the world that these devices were safe for use. Because of this sales job done by these medical device manufactures, vaginal mesh repair became very common as one of several surgical options. Over 300,000 women have a type of vaginal mesh implant. Whilr this is fabulous for the manufacturers the fact that these devices are falling apart is a living hell for the poor female victims.
Types of Vaginal Prolapse: Complete Genital Prolapse, procidentia ,is an extension of the entire female organ out of the vagina. Uterine Prolapse is a bulging of the uterus into or through the vagina. Vaginal Vault Prolapse is a bulge of the top of the vagina into the lower portion of the vagina or through the vagina totally inverting it. This occurs primarily in post-hysterectomy patients.
Cystocele is a extension of the bladder outward into or through the vagina.
Rectocele is a bulging of the rectum into or through the vagina.
Enterocele is a protrusion of bowel into or outward through the vagina.
Urethroceleis is an extension of the urethra into the vagina.
The concept of the surgery is simple. The doctor uses a surgical prolene mesh hammock type structure to help reinforce the vaginal wall and provide an additional supporting layer to organs like the bladder or urethra replacing the weakened vaginal wall. This acts as an support easing the discomfort of prolapse, pain and permits woman to go to the bathroom more easily. It was thought that the mesh would become a part of the vaginal wall and the structure and the weakened tissue would become as one. However, it became apparent after several years after this product was used,that many women experiencing complications like pain, infection, bleeding, extrusion, and urinary problems. The symptoms have become so servere that women are claiming their lives have been ruined form these vaginal mesh devices. Our female counselor speaks to women daily and listens to tohe horror stories of the vaginal mesh, Husbands and entire families have become victims. Women of all ages are suffering.
The FDA’s Investigation into Transvaginal Mesh
In 2006, a type of vaginal mesh called the “bladder sling”, was removed from the market after studies found a high rate of vaginal extrusion where the sling started to rub against the top of the vaginal wall the sling ripped through the wall causing major complications.
Then in October 2008, the FDA warned healthcare professionals about serious complications associated with vaginal mesh. By that time, the FDA had received over 1,000 reports about complications associated with other types of vaginal mesh. Included in these complications were:
- Mesh erosion through vaginal wall or other body parts
- Urinary problems
- Recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence
- Bladder, bowel or vessel perforation
- Vaginal scarring
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Other problems that led to a significant decrease in patient quality of life due
to discomfort and pain.
Now, after receiving over 3000 complaints from women who suffered serious injuries caused by polypropylene transvaginal device/mesh, the FDA issued a very detailed and comprehensive statement to warn doctors that they should consider no longer using mesh to treat their patients. The reason for the warning was that, in most instances, the risk of serious injury outweighed all benefits from the transvaginal mesh. In short, the FDA found that use of transvaginal mesh should only be used a matter of last resort.
Recent Research Indicates Serious Risks and Complications
In a recent article in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the journal found that patients would have been better off with traditional treatment rather than being implanted with vaginal mesh. There has also been a recent clinical study which has shown that more than 15 percent of women who had surgery which used vaginal mesh are experiencing dangerous and painful condition known as “erosion,” in which the skin splits and the mesh protrudes. The results of this mesh being exposed to your internal organs can be catastrophic. If you feel any pain or suffer any symptoms or just don’t feel right, you need to go to a doctor right away so the doctor can determine whether your problems are a result of vaginal mesh.
Four Transvaginal Device Manufacturers Implicated in this problem
The manufacturers of the mesh and the products are as follows:
Johnson & Johnson®
- Ethicon® TVT
- Gynecare® TVT
- Gynecare® Prosima
- Gynecare® Prolift
- Gynemesh® PS
- Advantage™ Sling System
- Obtryx® Curved Single
- Obtryx® Mesh Sling
- Prefyx Mid U™ Mesh Sling System
- Prefyx PPS™ System
- Avaulta Plus™ BioSynthetic Support
- Avaulta Solo™ Synthetic Support
- Faslata® Allograft
- Pelvicol® Tissue
- PelviSoft® Biomesh
- Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh
American Medical Systems®
Vaginal Mesh Multi District Lawsuit List Consolidated Under Judge Goodwin in West Virginia
MDL – 2325, IN RE: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
MDL No. 2187 | In RE: CR Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
MDL – 2326 IN RE: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
MDL – 2327 IN RE: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation
MDL – 2387 IN RE: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation
Cook Medical Surgical will be the 5th MDL
Call For A Vaginal Mesh Lawyer Today
What to do Now?
The most important thing to do if you are suffering from these symptoms you must see a doctor. The potential result from this mesh could be an infection, but ignoring this can be as severe as death. Infections from the mesh could turn septic. Long months of antiobiotics are being prescribed by doctors. You must get medical attention immediately. Do not be suprised if the doctor who did the original surgery does not act as responsive as you hoped. The potential liabilty has caused many physicians to be " less then congenial" with their patients as they watch the complications increase nationwide. We hear this from many of our callers. You must get medical attention and continue to search for a physician that can discuss your options with you.
There are also Class Action Lawyer Network lawyers filing lawsuits against these manufacturers who put profits over people. At this time it is a products liabilty not a medical malpractice matter.However as the cases are evaluated on an individual basis this could change. If you were implanted with defective Vaginal, trnasvaginal,surgical mesh you do have rights and may be able to hold the mesh manufacturer responsible for your medical bills, time that you are out of work, time that you are away from your family and all of your other pain and suffering. It is time that we put a stop to these companies who put these dangerous products on the market and ruin our lives. Call now and speak to our female medical counselor about your vaginal mesh patch. You are not alone. These symptoms are real and it is not in your head or imagination. Do not ignore this. These mesh implants can cause severe infection, bleeding, pain in the lower back and other symptoms.