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Why is transvaginal mesh dangerous?

Doctors use transvaginal mesh to strengthen the structure of the vaginal wall. Transvaginal mesh may be used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which pelvic organs shift out of position due to weakened pelvic muscles. The mesh is also used to treat stress urinary incontinence, a condition that results in weakened bladder control.

Although transvaginal mesh was thought to be useful for treating these conditions, it has since been revealed that the mesh can cause serious health complications. Numerous injured patients have filed personal injury lawsuits relating to transvaginal mesh.

Here are some of the complications that doctors have associated with transvaginal mesh:

  • Recurrence or worsening of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
  • The mesh can erode. Sometimes the body breaks down and/or erodes. However, removal of the failed mesh can be a very involved and difficult procedure.
  • Organs may suffer from perforation. After the mesh erodes, sharp parts of the material could perforate the organs and result in internal bleeding and infection, requiring extensive treatment.

In 2013, a woman in New Jersey received a $3.35 million jury award against Johnson & Johnson relating to her transvaginal mesh claim. According to the lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson did not warn the woman or her doctor about the dangers associated with the mesh.

Texas residents who are dealing with transvaginal mesh problems may want to discuss their situations with a qualified personal injury attorney. A lawyer can evaluate whether a viable claim can be made to seek financial damages related to medical care, lost income, attorneys' fees and other damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Transvaginal Mesh Injury Overview," accessed Aug. 04, 2017

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