Transvaginal Mesh - Consumer Drug Report
Dangers associated with transvaginal mesh implants

Reports have been filed with the Food and Drug Administration stating that transvaginal mesh causes serious complications. Transvaginal mesh is a surgical mesh permanently implanted in women to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh was designed to reinforce weakened pelvic walls in women with pelvic organ prolapse and supports the urethra in women diagnosed with stress urinary incontinence.

There are several types of surgical mesh that may be used during surgery such as Gynemesh®, Prolene Mesh, Prolift®, Prolift-M™, and TVT™. Companies currently being sued for the manufacturing of these devices are Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon Inc., Ethicon Women’s Health and Urology, and Gynecare.

According to complaints filed by the women who have had transvaginal mesh surgery, the device causes several injuries such as infection, scarred tissue, pelvic pain, inflammation, pelvic floor damage, organ perforation, blood loss, and much more. Surgery to locate and remove the mesh for the repair of pelvic organs, tissue, and nerve damage are painful and unbearable.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a Public Health Notification on October 20, 2008 and an updated safety communication on July 13, 2011.

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the structure that supports the uterus and bowel become weakened or stretched to the point that the internal organs drop from their normal position and prolapse in the vagina. It is not a life threatening condition, however, it does cause women to feel pelvic discomfort and an overall reduction in their quality of life.

Stress urinary incontinence is a condition in which urine leaks during moments of ordinary activity such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise.

Women who have filed surgical mesh lawsuits against the manufacturers of surgical mesh claim that the implants were marketed as being safe and effective and that the manufacturers exaggerated and set misleading expectations about the safety and utility of the surgical mesh.

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