For many years, women have been told there was a simple solution to problems that we didn’t really want to talk about – stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. We were told about a quick and easy fix, so we wouldn’t have to live with these very personal physical problems for years and years. Our trusted doctors described a simple, hammock-like piece of plastic mesh that would be implanted through the vagina, to provide support to the pelvic organs. What the manufacturers and marketing teams of these products didn’t tell us, and probably didn’t tell our doctors either, were all the complications that could become part of our lives after the surgery – painful problems that aren’t so easily fixed.
What is it?
Transvaginal Mesh is usually made of a plastic that is called polypropylene. The “transvaginal” term refers to the surgical technique that is used to implant the mesh – through an incision in the vagina. Doctors can place the mesh transvaginally or abdominally, but transvaginal insertion is easier, quicker, and much less invasive.
Have you had a transvaginal mesh implant?
Are you experiencing any complications?
Have you had to get follow-up treatment or surgeries due to complications?
Since the late 1990’s thousands upon thousands of women in the United States have suffered complications ranging from serious to life-threatening and even fatal from the use of the transvaginal mesh, or “sling” implants for treating pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Unfortunately, time is running out for claims to be filed in these cases. So, if you have had a mesh implant, even if you haven’t had noticeable complications yet — call us! Let us help you discover whether you have a case before it’s too late.
What about Complications?
Most of the devices called transvaginal mesh or bladder slings, no matter who manufactured them, have the same defects and characteristics. Look carefully at this list of side effects and complications: If you, or a loved one, have had a mesh implant and have experienced any of them, you should call us immediately. It is very possible that the mesh implant is causing any of these symptoms:
- Mesh erosion
- Severe pelvic, abdominal, genital or groin pain
- Recurrence of prolapse or incontinence
- Vaginal scarring
- Degrading of the mesh
- Neuro-muscular problems
- Autoimmune problems
- Vaginal bleeding, hematomas
- Painful sexual intercourse (for either partner)
- Vaginal shrinkage or shortening
- Urinary retention
- Vaginal discharge
- Blood in the stool or urine
- Infections, including urinary tract infections (UTI’s)
- Nerve damage
- Organ perforation
- Protrusions into the vagina, bladder, intestines, and uterus
- Internal bleeding
- Painful urination
- Punctures to bladder, bowels, lower abdomen or other organs
- Scar tissue
Compensation for Mesh Injuries
If you have suffered or been injured because of a mesh implant, you still have choices. You can file a separate lawsuit against the manufacturer of your specific mesh or sling appliance. Or you can join what is called a “class-action lawsuit.” This is a special legal process, and once you decide to participate in a class-action you waive your right to file a separate lawsuit. So you should consult an attorney and consider your options carefully. What can you recover in a lawsuit? You can sue for things like:
- Medical expenses, including the costs of additional surgeries
- Loss of wages
- Loss of spousal consortium
- Losses to quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Women have already been able to hold manufacturers accountable for all the pain and suffering their products have caused. Companies have paid millions of dollars to settle cases filed by women (and their husbands, too). You deserve to be compensated also, if you have suffered pain and loss because of a corporation’s negligence or lack of concern for the women who would end up with their lives horribly changed.
Lawsuits accuse the mesh manufacturers of several counts (wrongful actions) such as:
- Not establishing safe, effective methods for removal of the mesh
- Not warning of potential complications and injury
- Intentionally misleading the FDA and the medical community, along with the public, about the effectiveness and safety of their products
- Not doing the proper research and testing to determine the risks of using surgical mesh to treat female pelvic floor disorders
Injury and complications can occur within weeks or months after surgery, or much later. These injuries can interfere with many everyday activities, including walking, sitting, and sexual intercourse.
The emotional harm, on top of the physical damage, can affect women’s relationships, work, and daily activities.
How Can the Advocates Law Help?
The Advocates Law has decades of experience with product liability cases and class action lawsuits. We also have decades of experience exemplifying our name, which is also our business model: The Advocates. We are not just “any attorney.” We take great pride in caring for our clients on a personal level, being accessible and available, and providing wraparound services for our clients and their families. If you are a client of the Advocates Law, you will be able to reach YOUR attorney anytime, not just his assistant. You can rest easy, knowing that we know your name, and we have YOUR interests at heart. You will not be just a number to us.
Besides access to your attorney, our intake and patient advocates will:
- Talk to women one-on-one about their individual experiences and situations.
- Be available seven days a week to answer your questions about product recalls, complications, and treatment.
- Help guide you through the confusing legal process, and answer your questions along the way.