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Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Injury

On October 20, 2008, the FDA issued a Public Health Notification to health care practitioners alerting them to serious complications when transvaginal surgical mesh is implanted to treat various medical conditions.

Uses for Transvaginal Surgical Mesh (TMV)

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) occurs when a pelvic organ, such as the bladder or uterus, drops from its normal position and pushes against the vaginal walls due to the weakening of muscles – most often as a result of childbirth or surgery. Stress Urinary Incontinence (“SUI”) is a type of incontinence that results from insufficient strength of pelvic floor muscles. SUI causes leakage of urine during moments of physical stress, such as coughing, laughing, sneezing, exercising, or other movements that increase intra-abdominal pressure and pressure on the bladder.

Transvaginal Surgical Mesh is used in procedures to treat POP and SUI. The Mesh is placed transvaginally and is intended to alleviate the pain and discomfort that is accompanied with POP and SUI.

Specific complications associated with Transvaginal Surgical Mesh include:

  • Erosion through vaginal epithelium
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Urinary problems
  • Recurrence of prolapse/incontinence

Nine manufacturers make Transvaginal Surgical Mesh under various trade names. The product names and manufacturers include:

  • ContaSure by The Neomedic Company
  • Mentor ObTape Vaginal Sling by The Mentor Corporation
  • TVT-Secur System by Gynecare
  • Prolift Pelvic Floor System by Gynecare
  • Pelvitex Polypropylene Mesh and Avaulta Plus Biosynthetic Support System by C.R. Bard
  • Prefyx PPS System by Boston Scientific
  • Perigee Prolapse Repair System by American Medical Systems
  • Mini-Arc Mini Sling by American Medical Systems
  • Apogee Vaginal Vault Prolapse Repair System by American Medical Systems

Sommers Schwartz represents hundreds of women who were injured by this surgical mesh.
The pain, suffering, and emotional and financial distress they’ve endured can be intense, and we’re proud to champion their cause and recover the damages and compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered complications after use of surgical mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Call a Sommers Schwartz attorney today to discuss your case – we can help.

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