March 20, 2013 – According to the results of a study presented at the 28th annual European Association of Urology Congress, age and other risk factors seem to play a large part in contributing to a woman’s risk of developing transvaginal mesh complications following surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Younger women, those with less severe cases of POP, and those who underwent concomitant hysterectomies were more likely to develop complications than women without these risk factors. The new research comes as thousands of women around the country are filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits, alleging that the products are dangerous and inherently defective, and carry a risk of severe and debilitating health problems.
Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to the placement of a transvaginal mesh or vaginal mesh product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the transvaginal mesh and we can help.
What’s the problem?
The new study, which was conducted by Russian scientists, involved a cohort of 677 test subjects treated at six different medical centers who underwent transvaginal mesh repair for POP from 2006 to 2010. Of the cohort, 152 women (17.3%) were found to have intra-operative, early postoperative and mesh-related complications. Specifically, transvaginal mesh complications included:
- Significant pelvic hematomas (5.5%)
- Vaginal hematomas (5.5%)
- Perineal hematomas (2.5%)
- Bleeding during surgery and losing over 500 cc of blood (2.2%)
- Bladder injury (1.6%)
- Rectal damage (0.7%)
There were also two cases of urethral injury and one case of urethral trauma reported in the test subjects.
Complications linked directly to transvaginal mesh placement for POP repair included:
- 32 incidents of mesh erosion (4.8%)
- Dyspareunia and pain (2.4%)
Additionally, the study participants reported a variety of other transvaginal mesh complications including:
- protrusion into the bladder
- mesh shrinkage
- pelvic abscess
- development of fistulas
Transvaginal Mesh Litigation
To date, five separate multidistrict litigations (MDLs) have been established for transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed on the federal level. They are for:
- Bard Avaulta Lawsuits
- AMS Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
- Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
- Ethicon Gynecare Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
- Coloplast Vaginal Sling Lawsuits
In July 2012, a jury ruled that C.R. Bard and a doctor must pay a total of $5.5 million in damages over a vaginal mesh implant that left a patient with chronic pain and potentially irreversible complications. Bard executives were ultimately determined to be negligent in their handling of transvaginal mesh devices. The landmark case was the first to go to trial among hundreds of lawsuits alleging that vaginal mesh implants caused severe organ damage and other serious injuries.
Click here to learn more about transvaginal mesh complications following pelvic organ prolapse surgery from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
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 transvaginal mesh complications cases in all 50 states.
Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to the placement of a transvaginal mesh or vaginal mesh product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a transvaginal mesh suit and we can help.