Transvaginal mesh devices are a net-like form implanted as a means of treating pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women.
Pelvic organ prolapse is a pelvic floor disorder that affects approximately one-third of all women. The pelvic floor describes the group of muscles that keeps the pelvic organs in place, including the bladder, uterus, vagina, bowel, and rectum. Women can develop disorders related to their pelvic floor as a result of childbirth, a hysterectomy, or as part of aging — specifically in relation to menopause. A disorder affecting the pelvic floor in turn affects the organs’ ability to function properly.
Urinary incontinence is the term for any leakage of fecal or urine matter and is a condition that can seriously negatively impact an individual’s quality of life. Stress urinary incontinence occurs in women when the urethra loses support as a result of pelvic damage, most likely from childbirth.
The mesh products can be surgically placed transvaginally or abdominally, although insertion through the vagina is less invasive. Transvaginal mesh products have been identified as causing infection, erosion, and organ perforation as a result of their design and implantation technique. Thousands of women are bringing suits against major manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products, such as Prolift and Afaulta — produced by Gynecare and Bard, respectively.
The following side effects have been reported by women who have had a transvaginal mesh product implanted:
- Erosion of the mesh through the vaginal wall
- Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation
- Painful urination
- Infection and bleeding
Transvaginal mesh products have also been linked to vaginal shortening and tightening.
In the case of patients who had a transvaginal mesh product implanted, they often experience dysfunction and vaginal disfigurement that, if reparable, requires revision surgery.
At McDivitt Law Firm, we feel that you deserve information that may be relevant to your rights as a consumer. We want to alert you to a potential claim regarding this device that you or someone you know may have had implanted.
We may be able to help you if:
- You have experienced pain or discomfort urinating or during sexual intercourse.
- You have suffered from perforation of one of the pelvic organs or related areas.
- You have developed infections or bleeding in the vaginal area.
If you or someone you know has received a transvaginal mesh implant and been affected by the health risks listed above, please contact us for a confidential case evaluation.