Transvaginal mesh and bladder slings are used in more than 100,000 procedures every year. Most commonly, they are provide support for damaged or weakened tissue after surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). However, these meshes can be extremely dangerous if they are defective or are improperly implanted.
If you have suffered illness or injury caused by surgical mesh, call a transvaginal mesh lawsuit attorney today at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene. Our attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in injury lawsuits, and know how to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (800) 916-8108 for a free consultation.
Transvaginal mesh and bladder slings, both made from the same materials, are used when patients experience pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). POP is a very common condition in women, especially those who have gone through natural childbirth. The strain of childbirth can cause certain organs to prolapse, or drop from their normal position.
Prolapse of the bladder is most common, but other organs that may prolapse include the:
In many cases, POP is mild, and can be treated with healthy living, including more exercise. Or, a device called a pessary may be prescribed to keep organs in place. In more severe cases, however, a transvaginal mesh or bladder sling will be used to support the prolapsed organ(s).
SUI is a condition in which physical activity or movement, ranging from sneezing to heavy lifting, puts pressure on the bladder and causes an involuntary loss of urine. Though this condition can affect men, it’s most commonly seen in women. Specifically, older women and women who have given birth are more likely to suffer from SUI.
Often, doctors will prescribe certain exercises to help control SUI. If that doesn’t work, a pessary or certain injections may be utilized. In more advanced cases, a bladder sling may be implanted to alleviate pressure on the bladder and/or urethra.
Surgical mesh may be made from absorbable or nonabsorbable synthetic material, or may be made from absorbable biological material (from processed, sanitized intestines of cows or pigs). Absorbable meshes are designed to degrade over time, and therefore provide temporary support while the surrounding tissue strengthens. Nonabsorbable meshes, on the other hand, are designed to provide permanent support.
Synthetic mesh can cause many different problems. In some cases, they can puncture or “perforate” the surrounding organs and tissue, including the uterus, bladder or bowel. They can also migrate, causing damage in other parts of the body. Other common problems include:
If the bowel is punctured, a victim could also suffer from a condition known as sepsis, an infection in which bacteria that lives in waste can enter the bloodstream.
If you experience any of these complications, it’s important to speak with your doctor as soon as possible. Depending on how long the mesh has been implanted, it may be possible to remove it. However, if scar tissue has grown around it, complete removal may be impossible, leading to lifelong issues.
If your doctor confirms the symptoms you’re experiencing are due to your mesh, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should also be contacted. If necessary, they can issue a recall for the brand of mesh you had implanted.
Finally, you should call a tranvaginal mesh lawsuit attorney. They can evaluate your case and let you know if you qualify for a class action suit or, at the very least, a product liability personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer.
There are four major manufacturers of transvaginal meshes and bladder slings. They include:
In most transvaginal mesh/bladder sling lawsuits, it’s the manufacturer who is held legally liable for putting a defective product on the market. However, in some cases, the doctor who performed the surgery could be held liable. Doctors have a certain duty of care for their patients. If, for instance, they didn’t provide alternative options to surgical mesh, didn’t warn a patient about the potential complications that could arise, or simply performed the surgery incorrectly, they could be held legally responsible under medical malpractice law.
Depending on the nature of your injury or illness, the manufacturer and/or the doctor could be liable. An experienced injury attorney can provide more information about your unique case.
You should not have to suffer because your transvaginal mesh or bladder sling caused injury or illness. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our transvaginal mesh lawsuit attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. We have a long history of aggressively fighting for our clients, and have recovered over $1 billion on their behalf.
If you are suffering from complications due to a defective transvaginal mesh or bladder sling, call us today at (800) 916-8108 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation. Let our attorneys fight for the justice you deserve.