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In the wake of increasing reports of complications and a July 13 advisory from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the risks associated with transvaginal mesh, the Alabama attorneys at Long & Long are currently evaluating potential claims from women who believe they’ve suffered harm due to transvaginal mesh. Transvaginal mesh, which is also referred to as a bladder sling, is a surgical mesh device that is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition in which a woman’s uterus or bladder can slip out of place. The device is also used for stress urinary incontinence (SUI), an involuntary leakage of urine that typically occurs during physical activity. But according to the FDA, a growing amount of evidence suggests that not only are the devices potentially ineffective, they may pose a number of serious health risks as well. Complications associated with transvaginal mesh, which is surgically implanted via the vagina or abdomen, include:

  • Erosion of the mesh into the vagina
  • Hardening of the vaginal mesh
  • Infection
  • Injury to adjacent organs
  • Pelvic pain
  • Urinary complications
  • Vaginal pain

Some 100,000 women are estimated to have been treated for pelvic organ prolapse using transvaginal mesh in 2010 alone. The FDA has received nearly 3,000 reports of complications associated with the use of transvaginal mesh to treat POP and SUI between 2008 and 2010. Health risks have been linked to transvaginal mesh produced by a number of manufacturers, including:

  • American Medical Systems (AMS)
  • Boston Scientific
  • C.R. Bard
  • Covidien
  • Ethicon
  • Johnson & Johnson

A number of individual lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers are already pending, alleging failure to adequately research the products, failure to warn about the risk of complications, and negligently designed products. The FDA’s Obstetrics-Gynecology Devices Panel will further review the reported complications and make a recommendation regarding the safety and effectiveness of transvaginal mesh at a meeting next month. The Mobile, Alabama, attorneys at Long & Long have decades of experience representing the victims of defective products such as medical devices recover they financial compensation they need and deserve. If you’ve suffered harm due to transvaginal mesh, please contact our office to schedule your free case evaluation.

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