What are the side effects of transvaginal mesh products?
Side effects of transvaginal mesh products include infection and bleeding in the vaginal area; perforation of the bowel, bladder, and blood vessels; dyspareunia, which is pain or discomfort during sex; and painful urination.
The most severe side effect, which is characterized by ongoing issues and the need for reparative surgery, is the erosion of mesh through the vaginal wall and even the surrounding organs.
Why did my doctor treat me with a transvaginal mesh product if it has these side effects?
The FDA does not have as stringent testing requirements for the clearance of medical devices as it does for the approval of drugs, which means that there is not as much evidence tied to such products. It is only recently that the severe side effects have come to light.
Additionally, transvaginal mesh products stem from a long tradition of similar medical devices that have proven effective in treating a variety of conditions. If successful, transvaginal mesh products can free women from discomfort and embarrassment associated with the conditions they seek to treat.
What places me at a higher risk of adverse effects in having a transvaginal mesh product implanted?
Women are the sole recipients of transvaginal mesh products in cases of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence and, as such, are at the greatest risk for adverse affects. Women of all ages suffering the aforementioned conditions are at risk with regard to such devices.
Has any legal action been taken against transvaginal mesh products based on these findings?
Several lawsuits have been brought against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products in recent years. There are currently tens of thousands of legal claims being addressed with regard to transvaginal mesh products, including a multidistrict litigation (MDL) suit known as MDL NO. 2327 In Re Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation. This case is taking place in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia and is presided over by the Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin. Many other cases are pending in state courts.
How do I know if I have a viable case in the transvaginal mesh lawsuit?
If you or someone you love has had a transvaginal mesh product implanted that has resulted in side effects, such as pain, discomfort, or injury in and around the pelvic organs, or has experienced erosion of the mesh product resulting in more medical complications, you may have a case for filing a claim against Pfizer.
What should I do if I want to pursue legal action?
If you have been adversely affected by a transvaginal mesh product or believe you have suffered from one of the serious conditions linked to such products, first see a qualified health care professional. You should also report the incident to your physician and the FDA.
To find out if you are eligible to file a claim in the transvaginal mesh lawsuit, contact McDivitt Law Firm at 877-846-4878 or click here for a free and confidential case evaluation.