Urinary incontinence is something that is not only embarrassing, but uncomfortable to live with. And problems like Stress Urinary Incontinence or Pelvic Organ Prolapse are also common issues that occur to women. A transvaginal mesh, bladder sling, or TVT tape are all part of the same treatment family designed to help combat POP, SUI, and other types of urinary incontinence. However, a growing number of reports have been filed with the Food and Drug Administration that suggest these treatments may actually increase the risk of other serious problems. As a result, lawsuits have been filed against the makers of the meshes or slings. If you've suffered injury due to these treatments, you could be owed restitution as well.
Over 2,000 different complaints have been filed with the FDA since 2005, including meshes from nine separate mesh manufacturers. 1,500 complaints were filed between 2008 and 2010 alone. The sudden increase in reported problems has actually caused the FDA to issue a safety alert involving the procedure and the product. Commonly reported issues related to these products include:
Obviously these are serious problems, and the different cases all seem to suggest different problems. In many cases defective designs are blamed while in others no design flaws exist but problems still exist. In the former cases, evidence has been found that transvaginal mesh products actually failed to meet safety standards but that manufacturers simply ignored the risks and didn't bother posting any warnings concerning them.
The problems are alarmingly common, as well. It's estimated that as much as fifteen percent of patients who have had a transvaginal mesh experience some level of erosion into the body. This can cause a variety of different problems including things like pain and infections. As a result, it's important to pay attention to your body and see a doctor if any problems present themselves.
It's also important to think about contacting an attorney if you suffer any problems as a result of your transvaginal mesh implant. While not everyone will have a legitimate case, there have been payouts of 5.5 million dollars in some personal injury lawsuits and some manufacturers have actually pulled their products from the market outright due to the increasing number of reports. If you've suffered injury because of your mesh, a doctor should be your first call but an attorney should be your second.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is a condition where muscle or tissues within the uterus and pelvic region are weakened. When this occurs, pelvic organs can fall from their normal position, often into the vagina. It's painful and can cause serious complications, and is more common after childbirth or in older women. SUI, or Stress Urinary Incontinence, is a condition where urine leaks out of the vagina during different physical activities. A transvaginal mesh or bladder sling is designed to strengthen the internal organs and help prevent these problems from happening. They're surgically applied, and recently reports of major complications related to the devices have been filed with the FDA.