Transvaginal mesh products cause significant and serious health complications in women across the country. In fact, hundreds of women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers. If you have been injured by a transvaginal mesh implant that has gone awry, our defective product attorneys can help.
Manufacturers created transvaginal mesh devices to treat several different conditions, including Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (“SUI”). The treatment starts by implanting the mesh into the vaginal wall. Unfortunately, serious complications have arisen as a result. For instance, the mesh can cause erosion through the vaginal epithelium, painful sexual intercourse, infection, urinary problems, and recurrence of POP and SUI.
Starting in 1996, the FDA began granting clearance to manufacturers of vaginal mesh, based partly on its history repairing other body parts. Starting in 1999, however, recipients started complaining of complications from the vaginal mesh implants. Boston Scientific released an announcement later that year, recalling roughly 20,000 implants.
Despite the recall, the FDA still approved implants for years more. It wasn’t until 2008 that the FDA finally issued a health alert, warning doctors about the potential risks stemming from some vaginal mesh implants. After this warning, the FDA received a rising number of complaints from patients about the problems caused by the vaginal mesh. Investigators tied the complaints to a variety of different manufacturers, with a notable spike coming from POP treatment. At this point, the FDA requested further safety testing from more than 30 vaginal mesh manufacturers for new products.
Given the FDA’s actions and the numbers of injuries and complications stemming from transvaginal mesh, it is clear that vaginal mesh implants can cause injuries and continue to do so. Some of the most common symptoms and consequences are:
Our firm works with other attorneys across the country to stay current on the cutting edge transvaginal mesh litigation so we are well equipped to help. If you or a loved one has experienced a complication or injury from a transvaginal mesh implant, the attorneys at Zaner Harden Law can explain your rights and determine whether you can recover damages from the manufacturer of the implant.
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