Realizing that a growing number of expert pelvic surgeons have used transvaginal meshes to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse, the medical device companies did an easy math. The resulting dollar amount was apparently very impressive but what was not mentioned anywhere how they were associated with severe side effects such as transvaginal mesh erosion.
That’s exactly what will be discussed here.
Understanding TVM Implant:
Vaginal mesh is used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. As understood, it is a surgical mesh which is used to provide structural support to the loosened pelvic and abdominal organs which occurs because of childbirth or age. First introduced in the 1970s as a effective treatment option for POP, it gradually grew popular for SUI treatments as well. POP is a condition where the bladder and other organs may drop into the vagina while in SUI there is unnecessary leaked during laughing, coughing, or exercise.
- the mesh eroding or attaching into the bowel, bladder, or vagina
- pain during intercourse or as known as “dyspareunia”
- chronic infection or recurring infections
- vaginal scarring, or erosion or breaking of vaginal tissue
- recurrence of vaginal prolapse, uterine prolapse
- relapse of urinary problems like incontinence
Usual presenting symptoms are those as mentioned above however for some it may be completely asymptomatic. Physical exam findings can usually identify extrusion after transvaginal mesh erosion which is done under anesthesia. Any surgery in itself is painful; redoing it for the fault of the medical companies’ negligence about the product quality makes it a nightmarish of situation.
Associated Legal Complications and Lawsuits
In 2011, the FDA issued a report citing the vaginal mesh complications as not a rare occurrence. It has prompted thousands of women to file for the TVM lawsuits. These legal files claim for the monetary compensation for the undue physical and emotional pressure they had to suffer from. It also states that using these meshes exposes the patients to unnecessary health risks. More often than not, the patients remain uninformed about the post operative challenges and psychological torment that might crop up from an unsuccessful implant.
Names Associated with Transvaginal Mesh Erosion
The lawsuits have been filed against the following companies accusing they failed to do a proper clinical research about the quality of the meshes:
- R. Bard
- Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon
- Boston Scientific
- Endo Pharmaceuticals and its subsidiary American Medical Systems
- Cook Medical
In early 2016, FDA announced transvaginal mesh procedures to be not as effective as advertised and that original SUI and POP conditions revived after the mesh removal surgery.
Since the first warning, the healthcare providers were given the following recommendations:
- Specialized training for proper mesh implant
- Informing patient about the permanence of the procedure
- Patient information about risks of serious after effects
- Patient receipt of the written label for the mesh product
- Be careful about the potential complications during surgery, specifically that of organ perforations
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