Transvaginal mesh failure has caused thousands of women throughout the United States, including in Michigan, unnecessary physical pain, traumatic life changes, and emotional suffering. Due to the decrease in quality of life that far too many women have experienced because of transvaginal mesh erosion and/or a long list of other serious and debilitating side effects and complications, it is important for affected women and their families to fully understand what legal options are available for holding negligent manufacturers of these products responsible.
The Michigan product liability attorneys at Lipton Law are a part of the mass tort action against pelvic surgical mesh manufacturers American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., and Ethicon, Inc. /Johnson & Johnson for defective transvaginal mesh medical devices and are available to address your concerns regarding mesh complications and possible legal action.
What is Surgical Mesh?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies surgical mesh as a medical device typically used to restore destabilized or damaged tissue. Manufactured from porous absorbable or non-absorbable synthetic material or absorbable biological material, surgical mesh is implanted permanently to repair a woman's weakened vaginal wall as the result of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or to support the urethra to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
POP takes place when a pelvic organ, like the bladder, drops or prolapses from its original point and pushes against the walls of the vagina. This often occurs because of muscle weakness or stretching from childbirth or surgery. SUI takes place when a person cannot control urination, therefore causing sudden and uncontrollable urination during physical activity like sneezing, laughing, exercising, or coughing.
Transvaginal Mesh Complications
Manufacturers have convinced physicians to implant transvaginal surgical mesh in tens of thousands of women in Michigan and across the United States. The FDA announced on October 20, 1998 that within the past three years (since 1995), it had received more than 1,000 reports from nine surgical mesh manufacturers of complications connected with surgical mesh devices used to repair POP and SUI in women.
The most commonly reported transvaginal mesh side effects included the following:
- Erosion through the vaginal epithelium and tissues;
- Urinary problems;
- Internal bleeding;
- Recurrence of prolapsed and/or incontinence;
- Vaginal wall narrowing
- Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion of mesh;
- Vaginal scarring; and
- Discomfort and pain, including dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse)
These serious transvaginal mesh injuries and many others are physically painful and emotionally traumatizing, affecting a woman's most personal and intimate relationships. Treatment for these adverse effects vary and include surgical procedures to remove the mesh, blood transfusions, IV therapy, and even drainage of hematomas or abscesses.
A women who suffers the physical strain and emotional turmoil of these unnecessary complications and treatments deserves to have her legal rights protected and be reimbursed for her medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Bringing Justice to Women in Michigan
Product liability litigation is not an easy battle. As an extremely complex area of law, product liability often involves multiple parties, as does the transvaginal mesh multi-district litigation, making it critical that attorneys involved gather the appropriate medical evidence, witness testimony, and other resources to build a strong case on behalf of injured women.
The Michigan transvaginal mesh lawyers at Lipton Law are prepared to answer any questions that you may have about surgical mesh failure, treatment options, and mass tort action. As participants in the multi-district litigation for transvaginal mesh product liability cases, we have the legal experience and skills you can rely on during this challenging time. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 or (800) 322-1688 for a free case evaluation.