Sorting out the Mesh

By on 11-06-2014 in Defective Product Lawsuits

There seems little doubt that transvaginal mesh products pose a significant health risk to women already having trouble with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), mostly brought on by age and lifestyle. With the device making the bad even worse by shifting out of position, causing pain, and increasing the risk of a serious infection, these women have had enough. They have come in droves to their state courts and demanded compensation from the manufacturers of the ill-conceived device. Many will get what they want out of court as Endo (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary) has seen the wisdom of working for a settlement, with C.R. Bard following suit. Others such as Boston Scientific are not as perspicacious as evidenced by the continuation of the litigation process.

The transvaginal mesh device is basically an adaptation of a highly successful product called a surgical mesh. The original mesh was used to provide support for hernia sufferers during surgery, and came in two kinds: permanent and temporary. The temporary mesh (usually made of biologic material) eventually dissolved as the hernia resolved, while the permanent mesh was designed to prevent future occurrences of herniation. Because it was so successful in hernia repair, it was believed that it would be equally effective in POP and SUI in women. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, and as illustrated by recent events, it wasn’t.

The main problem with transvaginal mesh is the location. The vagina constantly expands and contracts, making it next to impossible for something like a mesh to stay in place. In addition, that area of the female anatomy has naturally-occurring flora essential to feminine health but can be a problem during surgery because it is never completely sterile. The mistake of transvaginal mesh manufacturers is that they did not do their homework; they did not do adequate clinical testing to find out the possible issues that may come out with this new application of an old product.

If you have problems with your transvaginal mesh implant, this is the time to seek compensation. Contact a transvaginal mesh lawyer in your area to get a rundown of the legal process for suing your manufacturer.

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