South Carolina Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer Who Handles Lawsuits For Injury Victims
Our drug injury attorneys watch for dangerous drugs and defective medical devices, and transvaginal mesh implants are causing severe medical injuries in women across the country. The implants’ purpose was for use in urogynecologic procedures, including treating pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and urinary incontinence. The reality is that for most women suffering with these medical complications, the risk of further injury greatly outweighs any benefit of transvaginal mesh.
FDA Did Not Require Clinical Trials for Transvaginal Mesh
The FDA has a special accelerated process for medical devices, known as the 501(k) process, allowing certain devices already approved for use on patients for new purposes without requiring clinical trials. This is how transvaginal mesh entered the market for untested purposes and is now harming thousands of women.
Major Manufacturer Voluntarily Recalls Transvaginal Mesh Implants
The FDA issued a serious transvaginal mesh warning in 2008, after thousands of women came forward with alarming and severe injuries. It is estimated that over 10 percent of patients will suffer negative health consequences of an implant. An FDA recall may still be forthcoming.
When the FDA does not act quickly enough, transvaginal mesh lawsuits actually have the power to remove dangerous products from the market. Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has now issued a voluntary transvaginal mesh recall, including its line of Gynecare products. Transvaginal mesh is sold by the following manufacturers under different product names, including:
- C.R. Bard: Avaulta Plus™ and Avaulta Solo™ Vaginal Mesh Implant, Faslata® Allograft, Pelvicol®, PelviSoft®, Pevlitex™
- Boston Scientific Corp.: Advantage™ Sling System, Obyryx®, Prefyx Mid U™, Prefyx PPS™
- American Medical Systems (AMS): SPARC® Sling System, Apogee Vault Suspension System, Elevate Prolapse Repair System, Monarc Sling System, Perigee System,
- Johnson & Johnson: Gynecare TVT, Gynemesh PS, Ethicon TVT, Prolene Mesh Patches, Secur
Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects are Extremely Harmful
The most devastating aspect of transvaginal mesh implants is that once they are deeply embedded in tissue, doctors may be unable to fully remove them. Some women experience the following severe side effects:
- Erosion, or the splitting of skin and tissue at the site of the implant
- Puncturing of the uterus, colon, bladder, and other organs and tissues
- Intense chronic pain
- Continued pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence
Warning Signs and Symptoms
Signs of extreme complications usually arise after the initial recovery period. Common signs that transvaginal mesh is causing a patient harm include:
- Infections, particularly urinary tract infections
- Bleeding at the site of the implant
- General pelvic pain and dyspareunia (pain during intercourse)
Contact our Transvaginal Mesh Lawyers for More Information
Our drug injury lawyers are compassionate individuals who offer confidential consultations to women who have experienced pain, injury or other negative side effects from a transvaginal mesh implant. The pain associated with these implants can be debilitating, and women may have to alter their entire lives as a result. Our firm can offer you options after an injury, including filing an individual lawsuit or joining a class action to recover financial compensation. Contact our transvaginal mesh attorneys today for a free, no obligation consultation.
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