POP (Pelvic Organ Prolapse) is a condition that causes pain and discomfort for women leading to the need to take immediate medical intervention and treatment. This situation occurs by the weakening of pelvic floor muscles that cause major surrounding body organs (bladder, prolapsed and bowel) to fall into the vaginal canal. These organs shift from the normal position toward vagina that in turn create prolapse.
To combat the complications of POP, multi-sector pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and many other manufacturers produced a medical device called Transvaginal Mesh. Initially, it has been manufactured for hernia repair. Over the time, this product becomes increasingly important for POP suffering women to avoid the effects of weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles.
Transvaginal has been in use since 1990s to treat stress urinary incontinence and POP in women. More than millions of women have been implanted by this surgical mesh which act as a “hammock” to hold uterus or bladder that have fall due to childbirth and aging.
In July 2011, Food Drug & Administration reported that over 4,000 complaints of Transvaginal Mesh Surgery Side Effects had been received for the surgeries performed between 2005 and 2010. The adverse health complications are not common even it has resulted in the death of some women implanted with this surgical mesh. The FDA has issued warning statements about Transvaginal risks but does not evoke the devices.
Transvaginal Mesh has resulted into numbers of fatal side effects that cause loss of function, sufferings, pain, hinder with a quality of patient’s life and sometimes cause death. Although it has been inserted successfully in many other body parts but it causes different negative reactions when implanted in abdomen, causing to some patients being cut.
US regulatory body FDA report states that once the mesh was inserted, it was quite difficult even sometimes seems impossible to remove. Some women have said that they are no longer able to have sexual intercourse while few have reported constant severe vaginal pain after the surgery.
Some other life-threatening side effects and injuries reported by patients include:
Transvaginal Mesh Erosion
Surgical mesh inserted through the vagina can wear-down a portion of the vaginal wall. It can lead to protrusion, painful sexual intercourse, excessive bleeding, may make sex impossible, urinary tract erosion and may require additional surgeries.
Transvaginal Mesh Revision Surgery
Sometimes, vaginal mesh surgeries may not work, perforated the vagina and may require revision surgery to repair damage caused by mesh implant or address the problems which has not been successfully cured.
Transvaginal Mesh Organ Perforation
Organ perforation refers to penetration of the wall of body’s hollow organ. It may also puncture major organs usually the bowel, bladder, rectum, kidneys, colon or urethra. The patient may experience severe bleeding, intense pain and may expose to other life-threatening physical events.
Nearly thousands of Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Lawsuits have been filed by suffered women and family members against medical device manufacturers involved in surgical mesh product marketing. Claims have been filed throughout the US in district court by women injured as a result of the faulty design of vaginal mesh pelvic support system.
In 2013, Boston Scientific and C. R. Bard agreed to settle up-to 30 thousands of Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Claim but the settlement has yet to come to completion. Some women have received about million dollar settlements for damage or death caused by Transvagival Mesh.