Failure of a female’s pelvic muscles to support her bladder and urethra usually results to stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and then to unrestrained outflow of bowel or urine. (The bladder is a sac where urine is stored, while the urethra is the tube where the urine flows and released out of the body.
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is usually treated by having tissues sewn to provide support to the collapsed organ; these tissues are taken from the patients themselves. This procedure, though, usually requires another surgery, called hysterectomy which, in the past, has shown a high rate of failure.
The introduction of the Transvaginal/Vaginal Mesh in 1996, after the US Food and Drug Administration approved it for treating SUI cases, may have been a timely solution to doctor’s and patients’ need at the time. It was, then, manufactured by Boston Scientific and named ProteGen vaginal cling. This medical device is intended to provide added support to damaged or weakened tissue and most of those available for use are either manufactured from animal tissue or synthetic material.
The synthetic material used to produce the mesh can either be made from knitted or non-knitted sheet forms ; it may also be absorbable or non-absorbable (sometimes, both absorbable and non-absorbable materials are combined to produce one type of mesh).
In October of 2008 and then again in July of 2011, warnings were released by the FDA concerning the product’s safety. In a span of only three years, from January 1, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2010, as many as 2,874 complication cases involving vaginal mesh implants were reported to the FDA. 1,503 of these reports were about pelvic organ prolapsed complications; the remaining 1371 was about stress urinary incontinence treatment or repair.
Vaginal mesh implants are introduced as low-risk surgeries. Manufacturers of the mesh products, though, will not be able to deny the clear evidences of complications that have resulted due to the use of the product. A few of these complications are organ bleeding and perforation, vaginal scarring and shrinkage, infections, and mesh erosion. Because of these factors, many injured women have filed vaginal mesh lawsuits in order to seek compensation for the complications associated with their failed mesh implants.
If you have suffered because of a vaginal mesh implant, make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer today. An attorney will be able to help you through your case, guiding you through this difficult time.