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Transvaginal Mesh Failure

What if Transvaginal Mesh Causes More Problems than it Corrects?

By Lipton Law on September 19, 2012 - No comments

A transvaginal mesh is a medical device used to treat urinary incontinence in women. Generally, urinary incontinence develops as women age or as a result of straining during childbirth. When a pelvic organ, such as the bladder, drops from its customary position in the belly into the vaginal wall, it leads to urinary incontinence, pain, and other issues which may adversely affect your health and enjoyment of life.

Some women are able to control their urinary incontinence (and accompanying pain) by changing their diet or doing specific exercises. Sometimes, though, if the condition is severe enough, surgery, such as the implantation of a transvaginal mesh, is performed. Over time, however, its use has led to complications in women implanted with the device.

Specifically, the mesh can erode through the vagina or it may shrink, causing severe pelvic pain, painful sexual intercourse or inability to engage in sexual intercourse. Reparative surgery is a method to correct the injuries caused by a transvaginal mesh failure. Unfortunately, some women have had to undergo several surgeries, some without any success.

If you have been a transvaginal mesh patient and are experiencing pelvic pain or other ailments, you may be entitled to compensation for the medical bills, loss of wages, emotional distress, or other damages suffered as a result. The Michigan transvaginal mesh injury lawyers at Lipton Law are trained to handle claims associated with serious transvaginal mesh side effects. We are available to help you at (248) 557-1688. Please call us for a free consultation.


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.


FDA Offers Recommendations for Transvaginal Mesh Surgery Patients

By Lipton Law on May 3, 2012 - No comments

Transvaginal Mesh Patient Safety MichiganTransvaginal mesh implants are flexible metal, plastic polymer, or biologic implants placed in the lower abdomen to treat a number of conditions, including pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). In 2008 and 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings and recommendations to both health care providers and patients regarding the use of transvaginal mesh implants, which can cause serious health problems in some patients.

For patients with mesh implants or individuals considering surgery that includes them, the FDA offers the following recommendations:

  • If you’re preparing for surgery, talk to your doctor about non-mesh-implant alternatives, as well as non-surgical alternatives for treatment.
  • Ask what the possible side effects or complications of transvaginal mesh implants are, so that you know what to look for if you have problems after surgery.
  • Ask for a copy of the medical information and label that come with the transvaginal mesh implant. These contain more information about the particular implant you will receive or have received, including details on possible side effects.
  • Keep all your follow-up appointments with your physician. If you start having pain, bleeding, urinary incontinence, or other troublesome symptoms, or if your original symptoms return, see your doctor immediately.

Transvaginal mesh surgery complications can result in disabling side effects that can seriously impair your quality of life. If you’re suffering side effects from a transvaginal mesh implant, the experienced Michigan transvaginal mesh injury attorneys at Lipton Law can help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential case evaluation.


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.


Many Transvaginal Mesh Devices Never Tested By FDA

By Lipton Law on April 4, 2012 - No comments

FDA Testing MichiganMost patients assume that, when they need a medical device implanted, that device has undergone extensive testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it was allowed to be sold or placed inside patients. However, many devices aren’t scrutinized this closely, according to Consumer Reports.

Rather, many medical devices – including the transvaginal mesh implants currently being recalled nationwide – reach the market through what is known as the FDA’s “clearance” process. The clearance process can be used for any device that is substantially similar to a device that has already gone through the full, intensive FDA approval process. While not all devices can use the clearance process, those that can may make it to market simply because the manufacturer paid the necessary fees and submitted paperwork showing their device was “substantially similar” to one already on the market, not because the actual device has been examined closely.

However, “substantially similar” does not mean “identical.” Many of the transvaginal mesh implants currently causing serious problems for patients reached the market by the quicker clearance method, not by the more intensive study and approval process. Often, problems in these devices aren’t identified until actual patients suffer harm.

At Lipton Law, our dedicated Michigan transvaginal mesh implant injury attorneys care about helping injured patients seek justice in the way best suited to their individual lives. If you’ve been injured by a medical device or implant, call us today. Our number is (248) 557-1688, and your initial consultation is free and totally confidential.


Lipton Law Product Liability Attorneys Help Michigan Victims of Transvaginal Mesh Failure through Mass Tort Action

By Lipton Law on March 7, 2012 - No comments

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device made from absorbable biologic material or absorbable or non-absorbable synthetic material which is surgically implanted through an incision in the vagina to repair and/or strengthen damaged or weakened tissue in a woman’s pelvic region. It is most often used to treat stress urinary continence (SUI) and pelvic organ proplapse (POP), and many women, in Michigan and across the nation, have undergone the procedure to accomplish just that. Unfortunately, it not only eventually failed in the repair of those conditions, but also caused numerous other complications that have jeopardized the physical and emotional health of thousands of women.

At Lipton Law, our dedicated product liability attorneys in Southfield are involved in a multi-district litigation effort on behalf of the innocent women in Michigan who have suffered due to the negligence of medical device manufacturers, Boston Scientific Corp., American Medical Systems, Inc., and Ethicon, Inc. /Johnson & Johnson. We are committed to helping the victims of defective transvaginal mesh obtain the compensation they deserve for the losses they’ve suffered.

The victims of defective transvaginal mesh have experienced a variety of adverse complications as the result of medical device failure, leading to additional medical costs, time lost from work, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), over 1,000 reports were received between 2005 and 2007 concerning adverse effects from the transvaginal mesh. Some of these included:

  • Erosion through vaginal epithelium;
  • Pain;
  • Urinary problems;
  • Recurrence of organ prolapsed or incontinence;
  • Infection;
  • Internal bleeding; and
  • Dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse).

Treating these side effects typically involves surgery, IV therapy, and/or draining of abscesses or hematomas.
It is a product manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that their product, especially if it is a medical device, not only does what it is intended to do, but also does not cause any serious side effects. Insufficient safety testing only leads to disaster. If you have suffered injury or illness after a transvaginal mesh procedure, the compassionate Michigan transvaginal mesh mass tort attorneys at Lipton Law can help you hold the at-fault parties liable for the physical, financial, and emotional hardships they have caused you. Please contact us today with any questions or concerns you may have. Call us for a free consultation today at (248) 557-1688 or (800) 322-1688.