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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Simmons Hanly Conroy is currently representing women in transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits. Transvaginal mesh has been used in surgery to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence. However, transvaginal placement of surgical mesh, previously believed to rarely cause complications, in fact does result in serious complications, which might require multiple follow-up surgeries to resolve the complications, according to a recent FDA warning.
Women who have experienced serious complications such as mesh erosion, pain, organ perforation and urinary problems may be eligible for compensation through filing a lawsuit with a transvaginal mesh law firm.
A systematic review of current scientific research showed that transvaginal POP repair with mesh does not fix symptoms or improve quality of life any more than traditional non-mesh repair treatments.
The lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy, led by named shareholders Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy, are currently investigating claims for women who have suffered complications from a transvaginal POP repair with mesh. If you or a loved one had pelvic organ prolapse and have undergone a transvaginal surgical mesh procedure, please contact our experienced lawyers for help. We are here to listen, provide information and/or give you options about filing transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits.
WHAT IS PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE?
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when the tissues that hold the pelvic organs in place become weak or stretched. Thirty to fifty percent of women may experience POP in their lifetime with two percent developing symptoms. When POP happens, the organs bulge (prolapse) into the vagina and sometimes prolapse past the vaginal opening. More than one pelvic organ can prolapse at the same time. Organs that can be involved in POP include the bladder, the uterus, the rectum, the top of the vagina (vaginal apex) after a hysterectomy and the bowel.
TRANSVAGINAL MESH & PLACEMENT COMPLICATIONS
The FDA has received thousands of reports regarding complications associated with the placement of surgical mesh through an incision made in the wall of the vagina. These complications can have serious consequences and are the subject of possible lawsuits by transvaginal mesh law firms.
The most frequent complications included erosion through the vagina, infection, pain, urinary problems and recurrence of the prolapse and/or incontinence.
In some cases, erosion of the mesh and scarring of the vagina led to discomfort and pain, including pain during sexual intercourse. Some patients needed additional surgery to remove the mesh that had eroded into the vagina. Other transvaginal surgical mesh complications included injuries to nearby organs such as the bowel and bladder or blood vessels.
FDA RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TRANSVAGINAL SURGICAL MESH (TSM)
The FDA recommends that patients suffering from pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence who have or might undergo transvaginal placement of surgical mesh should take the following precautions:
- Ask the surgeon before surgery about all POP treatment options, including those that do not involve mesh, and understand why the surgeon may be recommending treatment of POP with mesh.
- Continue with routine check-ups and follow-up care after surgery. Notify the surgeon if complications develop (persistent vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic or groin pain during sex).
- Those who have had POP surgery but don’t know if the surgeon used mesh should find out if mesh was used during their next scheduled visit with their health care provider.
Shareholder Jayne Conroy co-leads the pharmaceutical attorneys with national experience in TVM cases.
If you or a loved one had pelvic organ prolapse, completed a transvaginal surgical mesh procedure and are experiencing harmful side effects, contact a transvaginal mesh law firm today. The lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy are currently investigating claims from women who have suffered complications from a transvaginal POP repair with mesh. Please contact us so one of our experienced lawyers can help. We are here to listen, provide information and/or give you options about filing transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits.
Several of our attorneys have national leadership experience. In 2012, Shareholder Jayne Conroy was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee by the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in the multidistrict Pelvic Repair Products Liability Litigation. In 2013, a federal judge appointed attorney John Foley to leadership roles in six national multidistrict litigations for transvaginal mesh implants. Mr. Foley became a member of the Plaintiff Steering Committee for the AMS, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, CR Bard and Ethicon MDLs, and he also serves as the co-lead of the Discovery Committee for the Cook MDL. Other attorneys at the firm with national experience in Pelvic Repair Products Liability Litigation are Trent Miracle, Ellyn Hurd and Thomas Sheridan III.
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