Transvaginal mesh was originally approved by the FDA in 1996 and is used as a surgically implanted mesh during transvaginal procedures. Specifically, transvaginal mesh is used to reinforce weakened vaginal walls or to support the urethra. The mesh is used for two conditions known as Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). POP is when pelvic tissue and muscles or the organs surrounding the pelvic area weaken or stretch. This leads to the organs pushing in to the vaginal wall. SUI is when urine leaks involuntarily (often from sneezing, coughing, etc). Transvaginal mesh is also sometimes called a pelvic sling or a bladder mesh.
In July 2011, the FDA reported serious complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh during both POP and SUI surgical procedures. The FDA notification indicated that within the past three years, the FDA had received "1,000 reports from nine surgical mesh manufacturers of complications that were associated with surgical mesh devices used to repair POP and SUI." (www.fda.gov) In addition, the FDA clarified that in contrast to its 2008 report, serious complications associated with use of transvaginal mesh to repair POP is not rare.
If you or a loved one has been injured or has died due to the surgical implantation of transvaginal mesh, it is important that you seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible to discuss your potential lawsuit.
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According to the FDA, the most frequent complications from the use of surgically implanted transvaginal mesh include:
- Erosion through vaginal epithelium
- Urinary problems
- Recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence.
In addition, the FDA (www.fda.gov) received reports of bowel, bladder and blood vessel perforation during insertion. Other cases included injuries of vaginal scarring as well as mesh erosion, which leads to a significant decrease quality of life due to discomfort and pain, including dyspareunia.
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