Many women who were suffering from pelvic organ prolapse were relieved to discover vaginal mesh surgery as an alternative to hysterectomy or other remedies that failed to relieve their symptoms. Unfortunately, some who had the procedure experienced painful complications which lead to their condition worsening instead of improving. Groups of women began filing vaginal mesh lawsuits to receive compensation for injuries and pain and suffering. Still more are considering removing the mesh from their bodies because of the side effects caused by the mesh.
Can Vaginal Mesh be Successfully Removed?
According to the warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Removal of [vaginal] mesh due to mesh complications may involve multiple surgeries and significantly impair the patient’s quality of life. Complete removal of mesh may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications, including pain.”
In addition to the warning, ABC News reported one woman’s vaginal mesh ordeal where she was left with “unknown amounts” of mesh still in her body after twelve surgeries. Johnson & Johnson’s Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh device was used to correct her pelvic organ prolapse, but it left her with urinary complications, constant pain and swelling as a result of her body’s rejection of the device. She is now suing the company for damages.
Women Should Discuss Alternatives to Vaginal Mesh with Their Physicians
The FDA recommends that doctors discuss the risks and benefits of vaginal mesh surgery with their patients, along with alternate surgical and non-surgical options. Patients should be able to make an informed decision about how best to proceed before agreeing to undergo surgery with vaginal mesh.
At this point, the FDA has not announced plans to recall the vaginal mesh device manufactured by Johnson & Johnson or any other manufacturer. Between 2008 and 2010, the agency received over 1,500 complaints about the device with side effects ranging from pain, swelling, urinary incontinence and in severe cases, internal bleeding. The most common complication, however, has been that the device contracts or erodes, becoming exposed and causing severe pain during sexual intercourse, and muscle strain in the lower back or groin region.
The Rottenstein Law Group Can Help Women Injured by Vaginal Mesh
If you or someone you know has had surgery for a prolapsed bladder or another type of pelvic surgery that involved the implantation of surgical mesh, and is experiencing symptoms consistent with malfunction, seek medical attention immediately. The next step is to contact a qualified personal injury attorney to see whether you or the person you know has grounds to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit.
The attorneys at the Rottenstein Law Group have over 25 years of collective experience advocating for victims of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices, as well as other products liability claims. RLG is offering free, confidential legal consultations, and all you need to do is click on this link or call this number, 1-800-624-9567, and one of our vaginal mesh attorneys will call you as soon as possible.
For more information download RLG’s free transvaginal mesh brochure.