Transvaginal Mesh After Hysterectomy
In an attempt to address chronic or debilitating pelvic problems, thousands of women have undergone medical treatments that have resulted in serious complications involving transvaginal mesh and hysterectomy procedures. Given the severe nature of harm many such patients have suffered, the role of a skilled product liability attorney is now more important than ever. Over 50,000 lawsuits pertaining to transvaginal mesh side effects have already been filed, with more expected to follow.
At The Sanders Firm, we possess a comprehensive understanding of the consequences defective medical devices can have on unsuspecting patients and their families. It is our mission to provide injury victims with the personalized service and zealous advocacy necessary to maximize their chances of recovery.
Uses of transvaginal mesh after a hysterectomy
One of the most common surgical procedures performed on women in their reproductive years, a hysterectomy involves removal of the uterus and sometimes also the cervix, ovaries and Fallopian tubes.
Depending on treatment goals, a hysterectomy can assume different forms, such as:
- Vaginal hysterectomy
- Abdominal hysterectomy
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy
- Da Vinci robotic hysterectomy
Considering the frequency with which hysterectomies are performed on an annual basis, it should come as no surprise that they are useful for treating a relatively broad range of conditions including:
- Ovarian and uterine cancers
- Uterine fibroids
- Abnormal menstrual bleeding
- Severe endometriosis
- Chronic pelvic discomfort
- Childbirth complications
A significant number of hysterectomies each year are also performed in order to address pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which weakened pelvic floor muscles facilitate the dropping of at least one organ down into the vagina. Women who have previously undergone hysterectomy procedures are at greater risk of recurring incidence of pelvic organ prolapse as well.
Patients who have undergone a hysterectomy in order to address prolapse of this type have frequently been implanted with transvaginal mesh to help reinforce the tissues of the pelvic floor and to keep organs securely in place. Mesh is also used following hysterectomies as a means to stave off or treat existing vaginal vault prolapse. This is a condition in which the upper section of the vagina changes shape and begins to drop downward into the vaginal canal.
Unfortunately, some of these post-hysterectomy treatments have led to surgical mesh complications, which have caused life-changing injuries to thousands of patients. The Sanders Firm brings more than 46 years of experience to bear on behalf of those negatively impacted by poorly designed and negligently marketed defective medical devices, and we stand prepared to continue the fight to preserve the rights of injury victims to fair compensation.
Mesh complications following hysterectomy procedures
The use of vaginal mesh to address pelvic health issues has given rise to alarming rates of severe complications and adverse event reporting in the years since these devices were introduced. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety report in July of 2011 warning consumers of the possible side effects and risks of transvaginal mesh products.
Some of the more severe pelvic mesh complications include:
- Chronic pain resulting from mesh shrinkage
- Recurrent POP
- Neuromuscular complications
- Organ perforation
- Vaginal shortening
- Painful intercourse
- Urinary incontinence
The FDA went on to state that procedures utilizing transvaginal mesh have not been shown to be more effective than traditional POP repair, and that mesh complications are not rare occurrences. Health regulators cautioned surgeons and patients to seek additional options before opting for mesh implantation. In 2012, the agency instructed manufacturers of pelvic mesh devices to conduct a new round of clinical trials to provide additional information about the potential risk of serious harm.
The product liability lawyers of The Sanders Firm do not take these developments lightly and believe they underscore the very real threat transvaginal mesh products have long posed to patients. Our seasoned team of medical consultants, industry experts and researchers will work together to assemble the evidence necessary to secure the compensation to which victims are entitled.
Status of transvaginal mesh lawsuits
Tens of thousands of lawsuits pertaining to transvaginal mesh injuries have been progressing through state and federal courts in recent years, with more expected in the coming months. Multidistrict ligitations (MDLs) have been established to consolidate factually similar cases and streamline the discovery process, with seven MDLs pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, and one under the oversight of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
As key cases begin to reach the trial stage and settlement discussions take root, victims of serious surgical mesh complications will continue their pursuit of the compensation they deserve.
With our lengthy record of successful outcomes for injured clients and vast network of litigation resources, attorneys at The Sanders Firm are uniquely qualified to help women and their families navigate the complexities and challenges of doing battle with major medical device manufacturers.
Discuss your legal options today
Considering the high-stakes nature of dangerous medical device litigation and the army of defense attorneys to which major manufacturers have access, those harmed by transvaginal mesh implantation after a hysterectomy should never attempt to go it alone.
Obtaining the assistance of accomplished personal injury attorneys is an essential step in the process of securing the financial resources injured individuals need for their journey of recovery and healing.
The Sanders Firm is comprised of lawyers who are committed to fighting for your right to receive every possible dollar of compensation, which may include payment for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering and loss of marital relations. We undertake product liability cases on a contingency basis, meaning that if we are unable to secure a financial settlement or verdict on your behalf, you owe us nothing. To schedule a no-charge case assessment and an honest evaluation of your legal options, contact us at 1-800-FAIR-PLAY.
- FDA, FDA Safety Communication: UPDATE on Serious Complications Associated with Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse, http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm262435.htm
- Cedars-Sinai Women's Continence and Pelvic Health Center, Surgical Treatments, http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Womens-Continence-and-Pelvic-Health-Center/Surgical-Treatments.aspx
- WBUR, Surgery Under Scrutiny: What Went Wrong With Vaginal Mesh, http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2011/11/surgery-under-scrutiny-what-went-wrong-with-vaginal-mesh