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Removal of Transvaginal Mesh May Not Correct Problems: AUA Study

A new study by the American Urological Association suggests that women who undergo surgery to remove transvaginal mesh often continue to have problems.

The use of vaginal mesh has been associated with severe health complications, and a new study by the American Urological Association (AUA) suggests that even women who undergo surgery to remove the mesh often continue to have problems. In recent years, reports have surfaced linking transvaginal surgical mesh to infections, bleeding, pain, and the recurrence of urinary problems.

Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a transvaginal mesh device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the mesh and we can help.

What’s the Problem?

Over 50,000 U.S. women are currently pursuing transvaginal mesh lawsuits against the companies who make the devices, which are used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and female stress urinary incontinence (SUI), common problems many women face as they age. These women claim to have experienced various problems after vaginal mesh surgery, including erosion of the mesh through the vagina, infections and other severe health consequences. In a large number of cases, plaintiffs indicate that they have required surgery to remove the mesh, and are pursuing lawsuits for permanent injuries.

The findings of a new study presented at the AUA’s annual meeting seems to support these claims, indicating that women who undergo vaginal mesh removal surgery often continue to experience pain and other urinary symptoms.

A research team from UCLA looked at data on 214 women who had their transvaginal mesh explanted due to complications, and surveyed the women 3 years later to determine their outcomes. The findings indicate that about a third of women continue to experience pain, with half reporting pain during sexual intercourse. Approximately 28% of women have urinary leakage at least once a day, according to the study.

Transvaginal Mesh Complications

AUA’s findings come about 3 weeks after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was reclassifying transvaginal mesh products from a moderate risk device to a class III high risk device. The reclassification will result in a new approval process that will likely be far more stringent, requiring proof that the products are safe and effective.

Over the past decade, vaginal mesh devices have been introduced by a number of different manufacturers. The mesh is surgically implanted to help stop a woman’s internal organs from prolapsing due to childbirth or the natural aging process, which can place pressure on the bladder and lead to incontinence and other urinary complications.

FDA first warned about transvaginal mesh complications in 2008, indicating that hundreds of women had reported suffering problems after being implanted with the devices. Then in July of 2011, the agency reported that it had received thousands of injury reports and noted that it saw no tangible benefit from mesh when implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse.

In January 2012, transvaginal mesh manufacturers were ordered to start planning new studies into complication rates, which the FDA said were needed to research the benefits and risks of the products. However, a number of manufacturers decided to stop producing the mesh rather than conduct the studies.

Do I Have a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?

The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new mesh injury cases in all 50 states.

Free Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury after being implanted with a transvaginal mesh device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a mesh injury suit and we can help.

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