Both transvaginal mesh devices and other support systems are used to repair the prolapse or “drop” of organs common to child-bearing women, as well as those who have had a hysterectomy. But instead of fixing symptoms such as pain during intercourse, the mesh implants are thought to cause even worse symptoms such as infection, bleeding and organ perforation.
The main manufacturers and those under scrutiny for producing these potentially injury-causing devices include:
- Johnson & Johnson, makers of:
- Ethicon TVT
- Gynecare TVT
- Gynemesh PS
- Prolene Polypropylene Mesh Patch
- American Medical Systems (AMS), makers of:
- Bard, makers of:
- Avaulta Plus™ BioSynthetic Support System
- Avaulta Solo™ Synthetic Support System
- Faslata® Allograft
- Pelvicol® Tissue
- PelviSoft® Biomesh
- Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh
- Boston Scientific, makers of:
- Advantage™ Sling System
- Obtryx® Curved Single
- Obtryx® Mesh Sling
- Prefyx Mid U™ Mesh Sling System
- Prefyx PPS™ System
However, many gynecologists feel that the mesh is not the best alternative for treating pelvic organ prolapse, as reported in a July 18, 2011 article in the Chicago Tribune. Made out of the same material as Rubbermaid storage containers, the mesh is a flexible, porous patch that is inserted beneath the walls of the vagina to provide extra support for pelvic organs like the bladder or rectum that have dropped after childbirth or a hysterectomy. Similarly, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also reported on the FDA’s findings on the same date.
Transvaginal mesh complications like protrusion of the mesh through the vaginal walls, bleeding, infection, pain during intercourse and the need for additional surgeries have caused many physicians to speak up about the dangers of the mesh implants.
Additional concerns about the mesh implants are that the complication rate is anywhere from 18% to 20% for these surgeries, where the industry standard should only hover around 3%.
In light of the recent FDA warning about women suffering injury after transvaginal mesh implants, women who have received this type of device should be aware of the manufacturers of the products that are causing such serious medical problems.
If you are a woman facing painful side effects from having a transvaginal mesh implant in Kentucky, contact the lawyers at Gray and White Law immediately by calling 888.450.4456 or by filling out our online form. Our lawyers will provide you with a completely confidential case evaluation and help you on your road to recovery after this dangerous device implantation.