ST. LOUIS TRANSVAGINAL SURGICAL MESH LAWYERS
Missouri Trans Vaginal and Pelvic Organ Prolapse Mesh Attorneys
Many women suffer from a condition known as Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Stress Urinary Incontinence. Pelvic Organ Prolapse occurs when the muscles and tissues that help hold up the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, top of the vagina (vaginal apex) or bowel, become weak or stretched. The weakened condition of these tissues can allow the organ to bulge (prolapse) into the vagina. Weakened tissues can also cause Stress Urinary Incontinence which involves a leakage of urine during physical activity, such as coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercise. Both POP and SUI may occur after childbirth or a hysterectomy. 30% to 50% of women may experience POP during their lifetime. These common conditions had traditionally been surgically repaired by urologists and gynecologists without implanting surgical mesh into the abdomen of the patient. Recently, various manufacturers have come out with products that they have sold to doctors as a way of helping to reinforce the weakened or damaged tissue. Manufacturers of vaginal mesh products include Mentor Corporation, Johnson and Johnson, Boston Scientific, Bard, Sosradim, Calder Corporation and American Medical Systems. From the outset, the use of surgical mesh has been associated with serious complications.
These products are known to cause severe complications for some women including:
- Erosion of the Mesh through the vaginal wall (also called exposure, extrusion or protrusion)
- Mesh Contraction resulting in vaginal shortening and tightening and pain.
- Pelvic Pain
- Severe Pain during or immediately after intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Bladder, bowel, uterine or blood vessel perforation
- Vaginal scarring
- Incontinence and Urinary Problems
These complications can be debilitating and may require multiple corrective surgeries.
ALERT: On July 13th, 2011 the FDA issued a Safety Communication related to serious complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). This alert follows an earlier communication by the FDA on October 20th, 2008 when they issued a Public Health Notificatio out of concern for the high number (over 1,000) of complications that had been reported to the FDA related to the use of surgical mesh to repair Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).
In it’s most recent alert the FDA is informing the medical community that between 2008 and 2010 it has received an additional 2,874 reports of problems associated with the use of surgical mesh. The FDA has identified transvaginal surgical mesh as an area of “continuing serious concern”. The FDA has now stated that serious complications associated with this mesh are NOT rare and that is not clear that the use of this mesh is more effective in treating POP and SUI than the traditional non-mesh repairs. In other words, it now appears that the use of this mesh is of little or no benefit and may expose patients to significantly greater risks. Accordingly, the FDA is encouraging doctors to consider all other surgical and non-surgical alternatives prior to using this mesh with patients.
The full FDA safety alert can be found at:
Have You Suffered Adverse Effects From a Vaginal Mesh Product?
Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard is currently investigating cases involving injuries and adverse side effects caused by vaginal mesh products. If you have had vaginal mesh surgery and suffered serious side effects or complications,contact our firm.
You may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Experienced Defective Medical Device Attorneys
Our firm has been representing victims of negligence for more than 30 years. During that time, we have succeeded on behalf of many people who have suffered injuries due to defective medical devices and medical malpractice.
If we determine that your case has merit, we will undertake a comprehensive legal effort to obtain compensation for you. Working with biomedical experts, surgeons and other medical professionals, our attorneys will document the manufacturer’s negligence and its failure to perform to the high standard expected of it. Our firm will also place a value on your economic and non-economic losses for inclusion in your claim. We will be your strong advocate, seeking full and complete compensation for you.
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