New Orleans, LA Transvaginal Mesh Class Action Claim Attorneys
Herman Herman & Katz represents hundreds of women throughout the United States who have experienced severe complications associated with transvaginal surgical mesh and bladder slings.
Transvaginal device manufacturers implicated.
The FDA has issued a warning of the complications arising from mesh devices, which are surgically installed to help treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). These mesh devices act like a hammock and are surgically placed transvaginally (along and behind the vagina) to support the uterus, the bladder, and other pelvic organs. Between 2005 and 2008 alone, the FDA had received more than 1,000 reports of injured women.
Transvaginal surgical mesh is manufactured by numerous large pharmaceutical companies, including:
- Johnson & Johnson
- American Medical Systems
- Boston Scientific
- Ethicon division of Johnson & Johnson
Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects:
The following injuries or side effects have been associated with the implantation of pelvic mesh products:
- Chronic vaginal drainage
- Erosion of the vaginal tissue
- Feeling as though something is protruding from the vagina
- Lower back pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
- Reoccurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
- Urinary problems
- Vaginal bleeding
- Vaginal infections
- Vaginal pain not related to intercourse
- Vaginal scarring
These injuries can occur following surgical placement of the transvaginal mesh, others (including perforation of the bowel, bladder, and blood vessels) can occur during the procedure itself. The FDA urges doctors to warn patients of the potential for scarring, vaginal wall narrowing (in POP repair), and pain during sexual intercourse, that can result from this surgical procedure.
The complications resulting from surgical mesh often require invasive and costly medical treatments including surgical repair (sometimes involving the removal of the mesh device), IV therapy, drainage of hematomas or abscesses and blood transfusions.
Who is at risk?
While any woman who has had transvaginal mesh surgically installed is at risk, some women may be more vulnerable to the most severe side effects. While the specific risk factors are not completely understood, the FDA reports that the following factors may affect a woman’s risk:
- Overall health
- Type of mesh material used in device
- Size and shape of transvaginal mesh device
- Surgical technique used to implant the device
- Other surgeries, such as a hysterectomy
- Estrogen status
If you or a loved one has experienced any of the above complications after undergoing transvaginal placement of mesh, you should visit your healthcare provider immediately.