According to current lawsuits, thousands of women from Georgia and all around the country have suffered greatly because of transvaginal mesh (TVM) side effects. These lawsuits are now joined in Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) for consolidated pretrial proceedings.
Transvaginal Mesh Installations
The two health problems that transvaginal mesh surgery was supposed to help treat are stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). In transvaginal mesh surgery, doctors install a sling to support the bladder and put tension on the urethra for better control for women with SUI.
Treating POP is a bit more complicated. It is typically caused by muscle weakness in the area after pregnancy or childbirth. Transvaginal mesh surgery was viewed as a better alternative to standard surgical mesh as support to keep the woman’s organs from descending from her core. Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh surgery and installation turned out to be potentially hazardous to some patients.
FDA Approval And Complications
The FDA 510 (k) clause allows manufacturers to bypass clinical trials and human testing of a product if they are able to prove that a product is similar to one already on the market. TVM was compared to regular mesh. Regular mesh can cause some complications and side effects in a patient. The comparison failed to account for the soft vaginal tissue where the TVM was installed.
On trying to remove TVM, doctors found that they often could not remove the mesh entirely or in one surgery. According to many lawsuits, multiple surgeries were required to remove the mesh and even then there was no guarantee that the doctor would be able to remove all of it.
Resulting Legal Action
Product liability lawsuits allege negligence on behalf of several manufacturers of TVM. If you or a loved one has suffered due to TVM, the Georgia Injury Attorney Group can provide a free, no obligation consultation to help determine whether you have a case to seek compensation. If you do, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can help you file a lawsuit. Contact us today.