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Protecting Yourself from Transvaginal Mesh Surgery Complications

By Lipton Law on May 21, 2012 - No comments

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device used in some surgeries to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition in which pelvic organs like the uterus or bladder move from their regular places to bulge into the abdomen, causing pain, urinary problems, and other medical issues.Illinois Surgical Mesh Patient Safety

Although you can’t repair problems with a defective transvaginal mesh device if it’s already implanted, you can help protect your health before and after surgery by staying involved in your own care and seeing your doctor at the first sign of possible complications. A 2009 article in the journal Nursing offers some tips:

  • Ask about alternative treatments for pelvic organ prolapse. Both non-surgical treatments and surgeries that don’t use transvaginal mesh can be helpful for some patients.
  • Ask what the risks of transvaginal mesh use are, and what the doctor thinks the benefits will be in your situation. Get a clear list of possible signs of complications and side effects that you need to watch for after surgery. Ask for a copy of the warning documentation or labels that came with the transvaginal mesh implant you will or did receive; these can provide valuable information.
  • Keep all post-surgery follow-up appointments. Write down your symptoms as you recover so that you can more easily spot patterns or see symptoms that weren’t there before. Contact your doctor if post-surgical symptoms don’t clear up in a few days, if you have the same problems you had before surgery, or if you develop pain, bleeding, or other pelvic symptoms.

The skilled Michigan transvaginal mesh injury attorneys at Lipton Law understand how hard it can be to track down the compensation you deserve after an accident. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping injured people and their families, so that you can focus on getting well. For a free telephone consultation regarding your surgical mesh injury, call us today at (248) 557-1688.

 

AHRQ Guidelines for Transvaginal Mesh Procedures Highlight Risks

By Lipton Law on April 18, 2012 - No comments

Transvaginal Mesh Risks SouthfieldRecently, patients in many states have suffered complications from the use of transvaginal mesh implants used in surgeries to treat pelvic organ prolapse and similar conditions. The problems have led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue warnings against continued use of the implants in new patients. However, even before the risks of using transvaginal mesh became apparent, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) had released guidelines for physicians that warned of the possible risks of transvaginal mesh use.

The guidelines specified that patients should know about several different issues with transvaginal mesh use, including:

  • Transvaginal mesh procedures were still considered “novel,” or relatively new, methods for treating pelvic organ prolapse;
  • Success rates varied and little information was available about long-term use;
  • Complications, including pain, internal bleeding, and mesh breaking through internal tissues, could result; and
  • Little data existed to support the idea that transvaginal mesh use was more effective than other methods of treating pelvic organ prolapse.

The guidelines also recommended that physicians, surgeons, and nurses be trained specifically in the use of transvaginal mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse and the symptoms of the complications it could cause.

Most physicians and medical staff take their responsibilities toward patients seriously, and they strive to make sure patients understand the risks and benefits of any medical procedure. When these risks are not known or not communicated, however, serious harm can result. At Lipton Law, our dedicated Michigan transvaginal mesh injury attorneys can help you find out what happened and get the compensation you need to heal. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential telephone consultation.