Transvaginal Mesh Injuries
Transvaginal mesh, or TVM, is a medical product used to address vaginal prolapse in women. The product is made of strips of surgical mesh that are implanted in the vagina and the abdomen. Another version of the device, called a bladder sling, is smaller and less invasive and is most frequently used to treat urinary incontinence in women.
Complications From TVM And Bladder Slings
Both devices have relatively poor track records. A study conducted in France showed that around 80 percent of women had problems and complications with TVM. The success rate of bladder slings is better than that of TVM, but complications continue to occur. Typical problems with the bladder sling devices include bleeding, infection and erosion.
Women Injured By TVM And Bladder Slings May Be Eligible For Compensation
Women who have had these devices implanted because of painful vaginal prolapse or stress incontinence should know that there have been at least 60,000 lawsuits resulting from complications related to the use of TVM in particular. If you have had either type of product implanted and have suffered complications, you owe it to yourself to learn about your legal rights and options.
At the Seattle law office of Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., our attorneys help women who have suffered complications from using these devices. To learn how we can help you, call us at 1-844-ELK-WEST (1-844-355-9378) or contact us online for a free consultation.
Examples Of Injuries Caused By These Medical Devices
Complications from the use of these devices include:
- Erosion or movement of the mesh into other tissues such as the vagina, bladder, intestines and uterus
- Urinary problems that include incontinence and urinary retention
- Perforation of bladder, bowel and blood vessels
- Vaginal scarring and pain
- Fistulas and reoccurrence of prolapse
According to some studies, 20 percent of women who have TVM or bladder sling implants will require a second surgery to repair damage caused by the device.
Manufacturers Involved In Lawsuits Over Defective TVM And Bladder Sling Products
Companies that are the subject of lawsuits involving TVM and bladder slings include American Medical Systems, Ethicon, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Coloplast, Cook Medical and Neomedic. Because some of the products are still on the market, the number of lawsuits will only continue to grow.
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If you were injured because of the implantation of a bladder sling or transvaginal mesh device, get help today. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs of your injury.