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Why have sales of transvaginal mesh been halted?

On Behalf of | Oct 31, 2020 | Firm News

Some women in Georgia suffer from a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse, or POP. When the muscles in their pelvic area weaken, organs like the bladder or uterus can press out of their vagina. This can result in bladder and bowel movement issues. To treat this condition, many women underwent transvaginal mesh surgery. However, the surgery has been the subject of thousands of lawsuits.

What is transvaginal mesh surgery?

Transvaginal mesh surgery involves inserting a piece of mesh directly into the woman’s vaginal wall to hold up the prolapsed organs. The mesh is typically made from synthetic materials. While hundreds of thousands of women have undergone this surgery, the FDA claims that it never approved this mesh. In 2019, the organization ordered that sales of transvaginal mesh should be halted altogether.

Transvaginal mesh has been the subject of litigation and mass torts for years. To date, 100,000 women have received a portion of an $8 billion settlement. According to the lawsuits, the mesh caused issues like pain, bleeding and inflammation. Many women even suffered from infections after getting the surgery.

Since transvaginal mesh is no longer an option, many women are concerned about their options for treating pelvic organ prolapse. However, doctors have stated that there are plenty of safe treatments for POP that don’t rely on transvaginal mesh.

What should you do if you’ve suffered complications after transvaginal surgery?

Many women have suffered from complications after getting a transvaginal mesh implant. This can include bleeding, pain, scarring, infection and tissue erosion. If you’ve suffered from any of these complications, an attorney may be able to help you seek justice. An attorney might represent you as part of a mass tort litigation and work to help you receive a cash settlement that compensates for your physical and emotional damages.