Countless women have been implanted with pelvic mesh to alleviate the symptoms associated with POP and SUI. Unfortunately, many of these same women have been injured by the pelvic mesh, suffering from mesh erosion through the vagina (also called exposure, extrusion, or protrusion), pain, infection, bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse, organ perforation, and urinary problems. There are also reports of recurrent prolapse, neuro-muscular problems, vaginal scarring/shrinkage, and emotional problems. Many of these complications require additional intervention, including medical or surgical treatment and hospitalization. However, the women are not the only ones who suffer from an injury; their spouses and loved ones suffer along with them. Many of the lawsuits filed include a claim for Loss of Consortium, which is the inability to have marital relations, which can have a substantial impact on a marital relationship. Because there is no monetary loss in these instances, the monetary value of the situation must be assessed by the jury.
The government has issued a warning about the use of transvaginal surgical meshes to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary leakage, noting that thousands of women have reported serious complications including organ perforation, pain, bleeding, infection, and urinary incontinence. In some cases the mesh — also called a bladder sling, pelvic sling or pelvic support — has eroded or shrunk after being inserted, necessitating additional surgeries. As a result, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of the urogynecological mesh products, including Ethicon Inc., a New Jersey subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which said it would halt sales of most of its mesh products.
Transvaginal mesh devices were introduced as a solution for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Instead of providing medical relief, these devices have caused additional pain and complications for thousands of women, including recurrence of POP or SUI. Bleeding, infection, pain during intercourse and vaginal tissue erosion are only some of the symptoms. If you have suffered any of these complications after a vaginal mesh implant, an attorney at Kelley Firm, LLP, can help you.