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Risks Associated with Surgical Mesh

Surgical Mesh Lawsuits in Fort Lauderdale

Surgeons use transvaginal mesh products to reinforce weak tissue in patients suffering from hernias, pelvic organ prolapse, or stress incontinence. Unfortunately, these medical products may cause serious complications. Victims of defective mesh products may need expensive and painful treatment to correct side effects, such as surgery.

Common Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

Defective Medical Products

A hernia occurs when an organ or tissue pushes through weakened muscle or connective tissue. Common types of hernias include inguinal hernias, incisional hernias, femoral hernias, umbilical hernias, and hiatal hernias. Pelvic organ prolapse is a specific type of hernia that may affect women after childbirth. With this type of hernia, one or more pelvic organs drop (prolapse) from their proper place, causing problems such as incontinence and pain. You may be entitled to compensation if you were treated using transvaginal mesh and suffer any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain During Intercourse
  • Recurring POP / SUI
  • Infection
  • Blood in Urine
  • Urinary Retention
  • Vaginal Bleeding

The most commonly reported adverse reactions to mesh products used for hernia repair include intestinal loops adhering to each other or to the mesh. Additionally, use of mesh products to treat hernias can cause injuries to neighboring organs, blood vessels, or nerves and can also lead to infection, pain, and recurrence of hernia. Many patients who experience complications from mesh products require surgery to treat the complications or remove the mesh. Two common surgical mesh products used to repair hernias are the Ethicon Prolene Hernia System and the Bard 3D Max Mesh.

FDA Warning Regarding Mesh Products

On July 13, 2011, the FDA issued a warning stating that transvaginal mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse can be dangerous. Furthermore, the FDA found no clinical evidence that transvaginal mesh is more effective other POP and SUI treatment options.

According to the FDA, the most common reports associated with the use of transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse included mesh protruding from vaginal tissue, perforation of organs by surgical tools used to insert mesh, pain, bleeding, infection, and recurrence of urinary problems.

Product Defect Attorneys in South Florida

If you have suffered a serious complication from surgery involving a transvaginal mesh product, you may be entitled to compensation for damages including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney at Kelley/Uustal can help you understand your options through legal action. We work hard to get the justice our clients deserve. Call a personal injury lawyer at our firm today for a free consultation.

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