There isn’t a day that goes by without another transvaginal mesh lawsuit is filed. This is one of the biggest medical device failures of the century.
In yet another case, filed in Florida, a couple is alleging that Danish medical device manufacturer, Coloplast, deliberately misrepresented the dangers of the mesh to women. By the looks of things, the cases involve allegations of permanent and severe injuries, with many of the hundreds of victims to date, seeking punitive damages, in addition to compensation for their pain and suffering.
These products are not new, and have been around since the 1990s, and were designed to treat various conditions that women experienced as a result of childbirth, menopause or a hysterectomy. The most common condition the transvaginal mesh was used to treat was pelvic organ prolapse, a condition where the pelvic organs drop into the vagina. The mesh is supposed to support the out-of-place organs. Instead, the side effects have caused seemingly never ending anguish for women, who often experience urinary incontinence, constipation and a much more serious issue, vaginal mesh erosion.
Mesh erosion happens when the product shifts, and/or punctures the vaginal tissue. This causes pain on intercourse, bleeding and other organ punctures, resulting in scarring, neuromuscular difficulties and a possible recurrence of the prolapse.
It wasn’t until 2008 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health warning about this product, listing the risks associated with it, but adding serious complications were rare. By 2011, the story changed, and the FDA stated mesh erosion was not uncommon, ordering mesh manufacturers to carry out post-market safety reviews. Why this was not done in the first place, before the product got to market and wrecked havoc with women’s lives and health, is unfathomable.
The long and short of this sordid story is that transvaginal mesh products do not improve a women’s health, and may not even support the organs they are supposedly designed to support. Instead, they are being internally scarred, sustaining organ punctures and experiencing serious pain. It’s no wonder they are filing lawsuits in large numbers to recover compensation for their injuries.
Have you had a transvaginal mesh product implanted? Are you having problems with it? Call an experienced Austin injury lawyer and find out how the law can help you find justice.
Bobby Lee is an Austin personal injury lawyer for Lee, Gober and Reyna. If you need an Austin personal injury lawyer, contact an Austin personal injury attorney from Lee, Gober and Reyna. Visit RWLeelaw.com.