I Have Been Injured by Transvaginal Mesh. What Do I Do?
An Injury Attorney Discusses Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Transvaginal mesh surgery came about as a better alternative to more traditional forms of treatment for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). However, it has turned out to, in fact, be a more dangerous alternative. In July 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that “complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare.” In addition, according to a review conducted by the FDA, transvaginal mesh surgery to repair POP is not an improvement over traditional non-mesh repair in terms of treating symptoms or a patient’s quality of life post-surgery.
Bottom line, transvaginal mesh surgery seems to offer way more risks than rewards. For those who have already had transvaginal mesh surgery and are suffering as a result, it is not too late to fight back. Injury lawyer William McBride is ready to fight by your side every step of the way until those at fault have been held accountable for what they put you through and you and your family have been fairly compensated for your pain and suffering. As a child, McBride was once a victim himself when he saw his family taken advantage of and left with no one to turn to for help. This experience inspired him to become a lawyer so that he could be there for families like his when they need help.
What is Transvaginal Mesh?
Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh, which is a medical device that is used to repair weakened or damaged tissue. Surgical mesh is implanted to provide support to the tissue. There are different types of surgical mesh. The two most popular types of surgical mesh are synthetic and animal-based. Synthetic mesh is man-made and animal-based is made from animal tissue, usually from either a pig or a cow.
All animal-based mesh is absorbable, meaning once it is implanted, it will degrade over time. Absorbable mesh is intended as a short-term fix, with new tissue growth meant to replace it in providing support to the repaired tissue. There are forms of synthetic mesh that are also absorbable, but all forms of non-absorbable mesh are synthetic. Non-absorbable mesh is meant as a permanent implant, remaining in place to support the repair.
Why Do I Need a Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer?
If a complication occurs due to a transvaginal mesh implant, the victim may have a personal injury claim and may be able to join mass tort litigation. In some cases, the complication could have been caused by medical malpractice due to a surgical error or a physician’s mistake. In other cases, product liability may be to blame as a result of a defective implant. Common complications include:
- Mesh erosion
- Organ perforation
- Urinary problems
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Vaginal scarring/shrinkage
- POP recurrence
Whether you were injured by a transvaginal mesh implant because of a medical professional’s error or a defective product, you will have an uphill battle ahead of you against the multi-billion dollar healthcare industry. To have a chance, you will need an injury attorney who has experience with transvaginal mesh cases and the knowledge, skills and resources to guide you through the legal process of bringing those responsible for your pain and suffering to justice. Speak with our injury attorneys to learn more about your rights.