Since their introduction over a decade ago, transvaginal mesh implants have been linked to injuries in thousands of women. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a report finding that vaginal mesh products pose a high risk to patients, cautioning doctors to warn women of problems associated with these devices. Around 30,000 lawsuits have been filed by women claiming injuries suffered as a result of defective transvaginal mesh products, and manufacturers have paid out millions of dollars in damages to victims of malfunctioned implants.
Transvaginal mesh implant failure can result in serious complications that can cause severe injury, even death. Often, an implant’s jagged edge will erode or pass through the vaginal wall, where it can cut or perforate other organs, such as the bladder. This severe damage can require multiple surgeries to correct. Other complications from transvaginal mesh failure include intense pain, bleeding, infection, scarring, painful sexual intercourse, and even nerve and neuromuscular damage. The FDA has estimated that transvaginal mesh failure rates may be as high as 10 percent.
Transvaginal mesh devices involved in lawsuits have included the Gynecare TVT, Avaulta, Gynemesh, Elevate, Perigee, and Apogee implants. If you have suffered health complications because of these devices, or any transvaginal mesh implant, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact an attorney today to learn your rights and find out if you have a claim for damages.