Tennesse Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Lawyer
If you underwent a surgical procedure to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and you received a transvaginal mesh implant, you could be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation. Women in Tennessee and across the country have sustained serious injuries from transvaginal mesh. If you received transvaginal mesh and suffered an injury, you should seek advice from a Tennessee transvaginal mesh lawsuit lawyer as soon as possible.
What is Transvaginal Mesh?
Transvaginal mesh is a netted, synthetic medical device that is implanted in women to treat conditions that include stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). While this medical device is typically made from a synthetic material known as polypropylene, transvaginal mesh can also be made with animal tissue. Transvaginal mesh has been used in surgical procedures where women require a medical device to reinforce the vaginal wall, or to provide support for a woman’s urethra or bladder neck.
Surgical mesh is used in many different types of medical procedures, and not all surgical mesh is linked to the same risks associated with transvaginal mesh. Indeed, since the 1950s, healthcare providers have used surgical mesh to repair hernias and to improve other medical conditions. Beginning in the 1970s, gynecologists started using surgical mesh to repair POP, and by the 1990s, doctors were using mesh in the transvaginal repair of this condition. In procedures specifically using transvaginal mesh, the surgical mesh is implanted through the patient’s vagina.
Dangers of Transvaginal Mesh
For a number of years, women who have received transvaginal mesh implants have reported serious injuries associated with the medical device, from mesh migration to severe infection. In many cases, women who have suffered complications from transvaginal mesh have required painful and costly follow-up surgeries to remove the product.
In 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a press release in which it “ordered the manufacturers of all remaining surgical mesh products indicated for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) to stop selling and distributing their products in the U.S. immediately.” The FDA’s press release emphasized that manufacturers of transvaginal mesh did not demonstrate “a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness for these devices,” and as such, no women should be put at risk.
Common Injuries from Transvaginal Mesh
Common transvaginal mesh injuries include but are not limited to the following:
- Mesh migration into the urethra, rectum, or bladder;
- Mesh erosion;
- Mesh extrusion;
- Mesh protrusion;
- Organ perforation; and
- Nerve damage.
Many women who experience harm from a transvaginal mesh device require follow-up surgical procedures in order to repair the damage. In second surgeries to remove the eroded or protruding mesh, women can suffer additional injuries. Depending upon the specific medical situation, multiple additional surgeries may be necessary to repair the harm caused by the transvaginal mesh.
Seek Advice from a Tennessee Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer
Do you need help filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit? An experienced Tennessee defective medical device lawyer can help. Contact Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC to speak with one of the attorneys at our firm about your options.