St. Louis Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Attorneys
Have You Or Someone You Love Been Injured By Vaginal Mesh Problems Or Complications? The Roberts Law Firm, P.C. Can Help
What Is Transvaginal Mesh?
Surgical mesh is a woven fabric used as part of surgical procedures to repair, reinforce and strengthen weakened tissues. It can be used during different types of surgeries, including hernias, chest wall reconstructions, and slings for stress urinary incontinence.
The first surgical mesh kit for use in stress urinary incontinence (SUI) was approved by the FDA in 1996, and the first surgical mesh kit for use in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) was approved by the FDA in 2002. When transvaginal mesh was introduced it was touted as an easier fix for POP which is a condition that occurs when one of the pelvic organs such as the bladder, uterus, bowel or rectum, drops from the normal position and pushes against the wall of the vagina. When treating POP, physicians often permanently implant the mesh in order to hold pelvic organs in place. When treating SUI, physicians often use a smaller piece of mesh known as a bladder sling, to support the urethra or neck of the urinary bladder.
Dangerous Side Complications Of Transvaginal Mesh And Bladder Slings
The FDA issued a safety alert in 2008 concerning serious complications associated with transvaginal devices. Recently, an updated health alert was issued stating that serious complications associated with transvaginal surgical mesh were not a rare occurrence and noted that POP can often be treated without mesh. From 2008 to 2010 alone, the FDA received almost 3,000 adverse event reports documenting complications arising due to surgical mesh devices used to treat POP and SUI.
On July 13, 2011, the FDA issued an updated safety communication to all U.S. medical providers and patients regarding a risk of serious complications resulting from the placement of transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse. The communication noted that even though there was an increased risk of these serious complications, there was no corresponding clinical evidence of greater benefit, such as an improved quality of life in those women who had had the mesh surgically implanted. Furthermore, the FDA reported that complications from the mesh were not a rare occurrence. This signals growing alarm by the FDA over the rate of side effects from the use of surgical mesh.
The following injuries or side effects have been associated with the implantation of pelvic mesh products:
- Chronic vaginal drainage
- Erosion of the vaginal tissue
- Feeling as though something is protruding from the vagina
- Lower back pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
- Pressure or feeling of "fullness" in the lower abdomen
- Reoccurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
- Urinary problems
- Vaginal bleeding
- Vaginal infections
- Vaginal pain not related to intercourse
- Vaginal scarring
Litigation Related To Transvaginal Mesh
As a result of thousands of reports of complications associated with transvaginal surgical mesh procedures and hundreds of filed lawsuits, The United States Multidistrict Litigation Panel has consolidated five separate MDL's into the United States District Court in the Southern District of West Virginia. Consolidation of the cases is intended to decrease duplicative discovery, prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings and conserve resources of all of the parties. Each plaintiff in an MDL case retains their own lawsuit but shares discovery and experts, reducing the costs of litigation for all plaintiffs.
How The Roberts Law Firm Can Help You
We believe that if you or someone you love have suffered from a problem or complication resulting from transvaginal mesh you should be fairly compensated for your damages. Women and their families have had life-changing experiences as a result of these injuries. Damages can include:
- Medical Bills
- Permanent Injuries
- Emotional Suffering
- Loss in the Quality of Life
- Potential Risk of Future Medical Complications/Surgeries
- Increased Health Insurance Costs
- Lost Wages
Due to both the alleged acts and failure to act on the part of the companies that manufacture transvaginal mesh many women who have suffered side effects were unaware that there were these risks. The Roberts Law Firm, P. C. would like to assist you in pursuing compensation for your injury or the injury of a loved one. We are currently evaluating claims on behalf of women who may have suffered injuries resulting from complications due to a surgical implant of transvaginal mesh. We are representing injured parties on a contingent fee basis which means that there are no legal fees owed unless you are awarded compensation for your injury. For a free, no obligation case review please call 866-585-3690 toll free or fill out our online contact form and we will contact you to answer any of your questions. If you or a loved one has been injured after having received any type of vaginal mesh or bladder sling, The Roberts Law Firm, P.C. may be able to help.
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