It is never easy for a woman to talk about the private issues that she is facing. Sometimes fear and hesitation prevents some women from facing the idea that their “female problems” are much more than just uncomfortable side effects of being a woman.
Nevertheless, the lawyers in our office want to warn all women of the dangers of transvaginal mesh and give them the confidence they need to speak with an attorney about this hazardous medical device.
As women age, it is not uncommon for the walls of the vagina to weaken, eliminating internal support for the pelvic organs. Especially occurring after childbirth or a hysterectomy, the lack of support can cause the bladder, rectum or uterus to prolapse or “drop.”
In response to this problem, many doctors used surgical mesh implants to repair pelvic organ prolapsed (POP). Vaginal mesh implants were created as a way to provide extra support to the organs, and are permanently implanted into the vagina. The implants are also used to treat stress urinary incontinence, which occurs when women have a difficult time holding in their urine, especially when coughing, sneezing or laughing.
By implanting the transvaginal mesh devices, doctors unnecessarily exposed thousands of women to a significant and undisclosed risk of serious injury including:
- Mesh erosion through the vagina (also called exposure, extrusion or protrusion)
- Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Organ perforation
- Urinary problems
There are also numerous reports of recurrent prolapse, neuro-muscular problems, vaginal scarring/shrinkage, and emotional problems.
Many of these transvaginal mesh complications require additional intervention, including medical or surgical treatment and hospitalization. In many cases, the mesh cannot be completely removed, permanently compromising a woman’s health.
The FDA voiced its concern, warning that the device—which is created from porous, synthetic material—has a significant and undisclosed risk of serious and potentially permanent injury and as a result, does not provide the best solution to pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
If you or someone you love is suffering from any of the above symptoms, contact the Kentucky transvaginal mesh injury lawyers at Gray and White Law immediately. Not only will you be able to speak in complete confidentiality, you will also be provided with a complimentary case evaluation that will outline all of your legal options. Call us today at 502.210.8942 to schedule your appointment.