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Georgia November 2011: Should Transvaginal Mesh Devices Be Recalled?

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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An FDA alert warns of serious complications associated with transvaginal mesh patches when implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The FDA has received more than 3,800 reports of adverse effects caused by the surgical mesh or during implantation of the patch.

According to the FDA, significant complications resulting from transvaginal mesh patches are not rare and commonly include serious issues such as:

  • Erosion of the vaginal tissue
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Urinary problems such as incontinence
  • Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Organ perforation (puncturing) from surgical tools during mesh implantation

Less frequent problems included

  • Return of POP
  • Neuro-muscular problems
  • Vaginal scarring/shrinkage
  • Emotional problemsMore than 200 women across the United States have filed lawsuits against three of the makers of transvaginal mesh patches:
    • C.R. Bard
    • Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon
    • American Medical Systems

    Complications have been reported for several other manufacturers of surgical mesh as well including:

    • Boston Scientific Scimmed
    • Sofradim
    • Caldera
    • Mentor Corporation

    What Should You Do?

    If you have suffered complications due to the implantation of a transvaginal patch to treat POP, you are not alone, and you have a right to compensation. By filing a claim against the surgical mesh manufacturer, you could receive compensation for medical costs, other financial burdens and the pain and suffering caused by this defective medical device. You will also send a clear message to the manufacturer that it is unacceptable to sell medical devices that harm innocent people.

 

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