Thousands of women around the country, who have suffered severe and chronic pain, infections and other complications from the use of transvaginal mesh implants, are speaking with transvaginal mesh defect lawyers to explore their legal options. The worst part is that many of these women did not even need the transvaginal mesh implants, and could have been treated through noninvasive methods.
A vaginal mesh is a device that is used to treat several conditions like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Transvaginal mesh devices have been around since the 1970s, when doctors began using mesh to hold a woman’s organs in place. The uterus and other organs can shift from their location after pregnancy and delivery, causing the organs to protrude vaginally. In the 1990s, doctors began implanting surgical mesh that was especially designed to prevent pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
Complaints about consistent pain after insertion of the transvaginal mesh devices have begun to emerge recently. Many women have reported severe pain and frequent vaginal infections from the use of the mesh. In some women, the use of the mesh has resulted in damage to the bladder, bowel and blood vessels. Some women have suffered vaginal scarring, which has led to decreased sexual sensation, and consequently, a lower quality of life.
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against the use of transvaginal mesh devices, because of the complications associated with their use. This wasn’t the first time that the agency had brought attention to the side effects from these devices. In 2008, the agency had had issued a tentative warning against the mesh. The Food and the Administration has received more than 1,000 reports of complications from the use of the mesh devices.
Transvaginal mesh defect lawyers now believe that many of the women who were implanted with these devices did not even need the procedure to deal with their pelvic organ prolapse. Doctors, influenced by manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices like Boston Scientific, recommended the procedure to women, even in minor cases where the condition could have been treated through lifestyle modifications, and Kegel exercises.