Transvaginal mesh surgery has been the cause of great concern for many women in Texas and across the U.S. Many women that have a transvaginal mesh (TVM) implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are later affected by debilitating side effects. A woman may experience severe pain, bleeding, infections, or her body rejecting the mesh altogether. The mesh can even migrate out of place after it is implanted, requiring additional surgeries to locate and remove it. Several Texas women who have gone in for transvaginal mesh surgery found out the hard way that what they thought might be their only option should have been their last resort.
The Rush For Money At The Expense of Safety
TVM was introduced to the public in the 1990’s as a way for women to treat SUI and POP. The first product to be introduced was the ProteGen Sling from Boston Scientific. This TVM was only on the market for three years before it was pulled. It turned out that the mesh in the ProteGen sling was doing more harm than good. It was later found that the ProteGen Sling had not been through any clinical trials or human testing to determine its safety before being introduced to the market. The requirements and classification for TVM were later amended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require testing.
Even so, the FDA still allowed some products to be released without testing if they were similar enough to products already on the market. As a result, several product liability lawsuits were filed by women who had gone through transvaginal mesh surgery only to have the TVM sink into the vaginal tissue and lodge there. Doctors were forced to perform multiple operations to get all of the mesh out. Even then, it wasn’t clear whether or not the damage done could ever be reversed.
A Question of Transvaginal Mesh Surgery’s Effectiveness
On July 13th, 2011, the FDA stated what many women who had undergone transvaginal mesh surgery already knew: the meshes could have serious side effects without necessarily being any more effective than other treatments. As alternatives to TVMs, Texas women have the option to seek treatments like botox injections in the area affected by POP to relax the muscles and relieve some pain. Exercises and electrical stimulation could also help build additional strength in pelvic muscles. Even traditional surgery had about the same rate of success as transvaginal mesh surgery, according to the FDA statement.
The Pursuit Of Compensation And Damages
Texas women injured by their TVM implant should call Attorney Group for Texas today for a free, no obligation consultation. These lawsuits have been grouped into a MultiDistrict Litigation (MDL) for uniform judgment and analysis. The Attorney Group for Texas can answer your questions, address your concerns, and connect you with an affiliated attorney if you have a claim. There are deadlines for becoming a part of this legal action, so call today.