An estimated 75,000 women have undergone surgery for bladder leakage and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) using various vaginal mesh products that are now under federal scrutiny for causing serious complications.
A woman who has had vaginal mesh implanted during surgery and who experiences the following symptoms should see her doctor right away:
- Pelvic pain
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal pain
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Recurrence of prolapse or incontinence
- New onset of urinary incontinence
Bladder Leaks and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
Bladder leakage called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) occurs when there is an involuntary loss of urine during physical activity such as, laughing, coughing, sneezing or exercising. Common causes of this condition include: childbirth, getting older, persistent cough or obesity. Stress urinary incontinence affects up to 40 percent of American women and is expected to increase as the U.S. population ages
POP occurs when the ligaments and muscles that hold the pelvic organs in place become so stretched and weakened that they cannot hold the pelvic organs in place and descend into the vagina. The most common organ to prolapse, or descend, is the bladder, but sometimes the rectum or uterus will prolapse into the vagina.
In 2010, approximately 300,000 women in the U.S. had surgery to repair POP, according to the FDA.
History of Problems
On July 13, the FDA issued an urgent public notice on the medical devices after receiving thousands of reports about painful complications. The agency reported it had received over 2,800 reports of complications between January 2008 and December 2010. It said serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare. It advised healthcare providers that in most cases, POP can be treated successfully without mesh surgery.
Concerns Cross all Product Lines
Nine companies manufacture transvaginal mesh products, including Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, Tyco Covidian and AMS.
Concerns are not limited to any single vaginal mesh product. Products currently on the market include the following:
- Advantage™ Sling System
- Lynx™ Suprapubic Mid-Urethral Sling System
- Obtryx® Curved Single
- Obtryx® Mesh Sling
- Prefyx Mid U™ Mesh Sling System
- Prefyx PPS™ System
Legal Help for Victims of Defective Vaginal Mesh Products
If you or a loved one underwent surgery to implant a vaginal mesh product and later developed serious complications, you have the right to hold manufacturers legally responsible. Although a lawsuit won’t ease suffering or permanent disability, it can help pay medical expenses, improve the chances for quality of life or compensate for income or other losses. An experienced vaginal mesh attorney with Janet, Jenner & Suggs can review your situation and advise you. All consultations are free of charge. You can contact us online or call us toll-free 1-877-my-advocates (1-877-692-3862) to discuss your case with one of our vaginal mesh injury lawyers today.