There are numerous side effects associated with transvaginal mesh that is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). If you had surgery and have experienced complications, please contact us for the most recent mesh bladder sling lawsuit news and information. The Food and Drug Administration first became aware of problems with bladder mesh in 2005, when it started receiving notifications of serious complications from several mesh companies. In 2008, it issued a public health notification to alert women of the dangers. Complications were believed to be rare at the time. In July 2011, an update was issued to alert patients that problems related to transvaginal mesh for POP repair were actually much more common than previously reported.
Overview of FDA Adverse Event Reports
The FDA received in excess of 1,000 medical device reports (MDRs) of surgical mesh complications between 2005 and 2007. An additional 2,874 adverse event reports were submitted between 2008 and 2010. In total, the agency identified 3,979 complaints of transvaginal mesh failure that caused injuries and in several cases, deaths. There is not currently an FDA bladder sling recall that covers all the different types of surgical mesh that have been used over the last several years.
The FDA acknowledges that several factors could have contributed to the dramatic increase in complication reports for vaginal mesh placement, including broader awareness of the potential complications resulting from the 2008 public health notification. However, even after taking such factors into account, the FDA notes that the increase in complaints is concerning.
Safety And Effectiveness Of Transvaginal Mesh Repair Of POP
Perhaps the most dismaying of the FDA's findings relate to details surrounding surgical mesh's safety and effectiveness. As previously noted, the agency acknowledges that complications are not rare following transvaginal placement of the device. In addition to erosion (i.e. extrusion), patients are exposed to a risk of persistent vaginal pain, recurring infection, bleeding, and urinary and bowel dysfunction.
The FDA's findings underscore the risks involved with pelvic mesh implantation through the vagina. If you received surgical mesh for POP or SUI, and have suffered complications following the procedure, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Contact a mesh bladder sling lawsuits lawyer to discuss your options.
Potential Bladder Sling Complications
Thousands of women who have undergone vaginal mesh surgery to repair SUI and POP have reported serious complications. First, there is a risk of blood vessel and organ perforation. When the surgeon loops the thin mesh under the urethra (for SUI), or installs a full mesh through the vaginal wall (for POP), space and visualization may be severely limited. Perforations are common.
Women have also reported experiencing persistent abdominal and vaginal pain following the operation. This can be due to a number of factors, one of which is known as mesh erosion (or extrusion). The device begins to move through the vaginal wall, or the wall of a previously prolapsed organ (e.g. bladder). Sometimes, the mesh can be seen coming through the vaginal wall, and felt by the woman's sexual partners. The erosion may also cause pain during sex (dyspareunia).
In some cases, the mesh fails to support the previously prolapsed organ, resulting in a recurrence. This too results in pain. Vaginal and urinary tract infections have also been reported. Many women have suffered vaginal shrinkage and scarring. Some have complained of problems associated with urinary and bowel function.
Filing Mesh Bladder Sling Lawsuits
A growing number of bladder sling lawsuit claims have been filed against a number of different mesh manufacturers. Many of them allege the companies behind the defective devices failed to adequately ensure their products were safe. The number of lawsuits is expected to grow as more women suffer from complications.
If you received a bladder sling mesh implant and have experienced bleeding, infection, erosion, or other problems, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation for your injuries. Contact us to discuss the problems you have been experiencing and for the latest bladder sling recall information as it becomes available. There is a limited time to file a claim, so please contact us at your earliest convenience.