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Women who may have been injured by transvaginal mesh can file lawsuit

Women who have received transvaginal mesh or bladder slings to repair pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or urinary incontinence and are experiencing problems, may not realize that they may be able hold the manufacturer of the devices liable and receive compensation for their pain and suffering.

Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is implanted through the vagina to shore up organs that may have dropped, or prolapsed, due to age, obesity or childbirth. These pelvic floor disorders are relatively common conditions and can cause symptoms such as urinary incontinence, and pain or discomfort.

Surgery to repair these problems is designed to improve quality of life, but many women have found that they are worse off after having the repair. The problem occurs when the mesh implant erodes into the vaginal wall, causing pain, difficulty walking or sitting, and urinary incontinence. Many women have had to undergo repeated surgeries to remove the mesh.

From 2008 to 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that it had received 1,503 adverse event reports associated with the mesh when used for POP repair, five times more than what had been reported from 2005 and 2007.This prompted the agency to conduct a review of transvaginal mesh.

An expert panel heard concerns from women and advocacy groups that lobbied for the banning of these devices, but the panel decided instead to order clinical tests on any future transvaginal mesh devices seeking approval to be marketed within the United States.

The news was disappointing to the thousands of women who believe they have been permanently injured by the defective devices. Many of these women are seeking help through the court system, hiring attorneys to fight for justice.

Attorneys at Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of injuries caused by transvaginal mesh.

Source: Fowler Tribune