TVM Lawyer – Transvaginal Mesh Attorney

Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer

What is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvaginal mesh is fine wire utilized by surgeons to treat two main conditions: pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) happens when the tissue holding the pelvic organs become stretched and/or weak, allowing the pelvic organs to bulge (prolapse) into the vagina. In some cases, organs may actually prolapse past the vaginal opening. The uterus, rectum, bowel and bladder and vaginal apex are the organs that can be involved in a prolapse.

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) occurs when urine leaks when the body is placed into stress situations, including laughing, coughing, sneezing, walking, running, climbing stairs, bending over, or any other type of physical activity.

There are a total of nine different manufacturers of transvaginal mesh, but in practice, only four are commonly utilized, those being Johnson & Johnson, Bard, American Medical Systems (AMS) and Boston Scientific. These manufacturers make multiple types of transvaginal mesh, including:

  • Johnson & Johnson
    • Ethicon TVT
    • Gynecare TVT
    • Gynemesh PS
    • Prolene Polypropylene Mesh Patch
    • Secur
  • Bard
    • Avaulta Plus™ BioSynthetic Support System
    • Avaulta Solo™ Synthetic Support System
    • Faslata® Allograft
    • Pelvicol® Tissue
    • PelviSoft® Biomesh
    • Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh
  • American Medical Systems (AMS)
    • SPARC©
  • Boston Scientific
    • Advantage™ Sling System
    • Obtryx® Curved Single
    • Obtryx® Mesh Sling
    • Prefyx Mid U™ Mesh Sling System
    • Prefyx PPS™ System

Transvaginal mesh is inserted through the vagina, then formed to make a bladder sling or pelvic sling. It can also be used to reinforce the vaginal wall.

Transvaginal Mesh: Health Risks and Problems

Transvaginal mesh can pose serious health risks and problems for women. On July 13, 2011, the FDA issued a warning mesh causes serious complications during transvaginal repair. The FDA update indicated 75,000 of the 100,000 who were treated for POP in 2010 had transvaginal mesh implanted. Between 2005 and 2007, there were over 1000 reports of serious adverse health problems from all 9 manufacturers.

The data is clear: transvaginal mesh is failing and is causing women very serious health problems. The FDA indicates erosion of mesh through the vagina, infection, pain, prolapse, incontinence, and urinary problems are the most common reported problems, each of which can necessitate revision and/or repair surgeries to correct. Treatment for these problems may include revision surgery, blood transfusions, draining of abcesses or hematomas, and IV therapy. In some cases, surgeries may not solve the problem, leaving women with dire prognoses.

If you experience the following complications from transvaginal mesh, you may have a case:

  • Pain during sex
  • Inflammation / swelling
  • Vaginal discharge or scarring
  • Infection
  • Erosion of Vaginal Tissue
  • Generalized pain
  • Perforation of the bowel, bladder, or blood vessels
  • Mesh extrusion

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should immediately contact your doctor.

Transvaginal Mesh Claims

If you believe you have a transvaginal mesh claim because of one or more of the above symptoms or complications, you will need to notify the correct manufacturer. Our lawyers can obtain your surgical records and determine what type of transvaginal mesh was used in your surgery and notify the correct manufacturer.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Currently, all transvaginal mesh lawsuits have consolidated by manufacturer in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The American Medical Systems MDL is No. 2325, the Boston Scientific Corp. is MDL No. 2326, Ethicon, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson) is MDL No. 2327, and the Bard MDL is No. 2187, all before Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

Our law firm is handling hundreds of transvaginal mesh cases and can guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit. Many of our clients worry their doctor will need to participate or even be sued. This is not the case. In fact, an overwhelming majority of all cases filed to date do not name a doctor as a party defendant.

Transvaginal Mesh Compensation

If you have been damaged by defective transvaginal mesh, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including:

  • Past Medical Expenses
  • Future Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages (past and future)
  • Suffering
  • Pain
  • Disfigurement

Transvaginal Mesh Lawyers

Our transvaginal mesh lawyers are handling hundreds of cases throughout the United States. We can help you determine what kind of mesh you have, file the appropriate paperwork to state a claim, and prosecute your case against the manufacturer. Call us for a free legal consultation today at 800-MED-LAWS or simply fill out the online contact form for immediate assistance.