For women going through menopause, complications such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence sometimes require treatment using a device known as transvaginal mesh, or TVM. While this treatment is intended to relieve these health issues, in some cases it can cause severe complications that can even require multiple surgeries to correct. A Nevada transvaginal mesh lawsuit is an option for women suffering from severe complications of a transvaginal mesh procedure.
If you suffered severe complication after receiving transvaginal mesh for health issues, contact Attorney Group for Nevada for more information. We offer a free consultation in which we can help you learn your options. Your call is confidential and without any obligation on your part. If you have case and chose to pursue it, we can connect you with an affiliated TVM lawsuit attorney in Nevada or another state.
Important: The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Contact us for more information.
What Is Transvaginal Mesh?
Transvaginal mesh implants are intended to provide support for pelvic prolapse while also relieving pressure on one’s bladder due to symptoms of menopause. These devices are composed of artificial net-like materials that are inserted through the vagina and affixed to the vaginal lining. While the overall goal is to keep internal organs in place, transvaginal mesh has been known to lose its shape over time. This is due to the artificial materials used to create the implant failing to integrate as expected with the surrounding organic environment.
How Does Transvaginal Mesh Work?
Menopause can cause a weakening of the vaginal muscles, which in turn leads to a sagging of internal organs. Transvaginal mesh helps correct this condition by acting as a sling, which keeps internal organs in place and decreases the pressure associated with organ prolapse. Transvaginal mesh also serves to address bladder control issues stemming from the increased pressure due to organ prolapse. While inserting transvaginal mesh is usually a non-invasive procedure, in some cases it can be placed through the abdomen. Due to the increased pain and recovery time required when using this placement option, most doctors suggest having the device inserted vaginally to prevent the risk from further side effects from occurring.
Risk of Injury
There are many side effects associated with the transvaginal mesh treatment, which have resulted in a number of lawsuits. Roughly ten percent of those receiving this treatment have experienced side effects of increasing severity. One of the most serious side effects involves perforation of internal tissue, including the bladder, uterus, and rectum. Internal damage is often the result of the device losing its shape after being implanted, which can then lead to injury caused by the rough outer edges of the transvaginal mesh. Such damage can require extensive surgical intervention, and many even cause loss of life or debilitating illness if left unchecked. While complications stemming from menopause can be quite troubling for many women, side-effects associated with transvaginal mesh can be even more so. In the event that complications do arise, surgery is required to remove the device.
Other Transvaginal Mesh Side-Effects
Transvaginal mesh can also cause other side effects. Women may experience severe infection and bleeding after the procedure, as well as troublesome urinary problems related to incontinence and bladder control. Painful intercourse may also be an issue, which can greatly diminish one’s quality of life. In the event that tissue has grown around the transvaginal mesh implant, multiple surgeries may be necessary to undo the damage caused by the procedure. Repeated surgeries can further a woman’s risk for infection and injury, thereby creating even more ill-effects. Side-effects of transvaginal mesh are so severe that the FDA even issued warnings relating to its usage in 2011, while also insisting that manufacturers undertake safety studies to learn more about the device.
Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
Medical device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their devices, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable for injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by TVM may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications related to defective transvaginal mesh, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Patients who have suffered severe complications from TVM, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the device, are encouraged to seek the advice of a Nevada TVM lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies
Contact Us For More Information
If you or a loved one suffered severe complications from transvaginal mesh, contact Attorney Group for Nevada for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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