What is TVM?
Millions of females in the United States are affected by pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), which occur when pelvic floor muscles lose strength, thus allowing pelvic organs to descend from their normal location. As the organs, including the bladder and uterus, move into the vagina, it can cause one to involuntarily release urine when coughing or sneezing.
Transvaginal mesh (TVM) is a synthetic mesh used to treat these conditions by adding additional support to the pelvic walls. Unfortunately, these devices are potentially linked to a disturbing rate of complications.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to the use of transvaginal mesh, you or the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
To find out if you may be entitled to compensation for transvaginal mesh complications, call (800) 525-7111 or fill out the form to your right – it’s 100% FREE to submit.
The effects of transvaginal mesh have been known for more than a decade. In 1999, Boston Scientific recalled ProteGen, the first transvaginal mesh device used for treating incontinence, after complains of discomfort and vaginal tissue erosion. In 2003, Boston Scientific settled more than 700 lawsuits over its TVM device.
Some further common side-effects of transvaginal mesh, according to the United States Food & Drug Administration, include:
- Mesh erosion through the vagina (also known as exposure, protrusion or extrusion)
- Organ perforation
- Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Urinary problems
- Vaginal Scarring
According to the FDA, in 2010, an estimated 300,000 women received transvaginal mesh implants. A year later the administration noted in a Safety Communication that the complications with TVM are by no means rare, and no evidence exists that TVM is a more effective treatment method than non-mesh POP repairs.
Between 2008 and 2010 the FDA had received more than 2,800 new complaints of TVM complications. Studies showed that approximately 10% of females who undergo surgery using TVM will experience erosion within one year of the surgery, and over half need additional procedures to extract the TVM device. In many cases, additional surgery was unable to correct the complications.
Furthermore, an additional Executive Summary release by the FDA in August 2011 stated that the FDA “believes that vaginal placement of surgical mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) repair inherently introduces risks of complications that are unique to the mesh itself”.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Across the United States, TVM lawsuits have been filed against several TVM manufacturers.
Some of the manufacturers and device names include:
- C.R. Bard, Inc. – Pelvilace, Pelivicol Acellular Collagen Matrix, Pelvisoft Biomesh, Pelvitext, and Avaulta
- Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon – Gynemesh, Gynecare, Gynecare Prosima, Gynecare Prolift, Gynecare Prolift + M, and Gynecare PVT
- American Medical Systems – Perigee, Apogee and Elevate
- Boston Scientific – Prefyx PPS System, Pinnacle Posterior Pelvic Floor Repair Kit, Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System, Obtryx Transobtutrator Mid-Urethral Sling System, Uphold Vaginal Support System, Prefyx Mid U Mesh Sling System, Polyform Synthetic Mesh
Victims who have been implanted with vaginal mesh and sling devices that have suffered from the failure of these treatments may be entitled to compensation for several types of damages:
- Emotional Distress
- Additional Surgery
- Loss of Quality of Life
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Ability to Have Sexual Relations
- Loss of Consortium (on behalf of their spouse)
As the evidence of the complications of Transvaginal Mesh continues to emerge, the litigation concerning these products is likely to continue growing.
Contact our Raleigh TVM Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one has suffered excruciating injuries and emotional distress over the complications of POP or SIU repairs, you may be eligible to make a claim against the negligent party the caused these injuries. Our legal team at Riddle & Brantley can help you fight for your right to fair and just compensation.
With more than 160 years combined legal experience, we are one of the largest personal injury law firms in North Carolina. Our experienced team of lawyers can provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific case and can help guide you through the entire litigation process. We have several offices located throughout the state of North Carolina, including:
We serve the people of North Carolina in all towns and cities from Murphy to Manteo. To learn more about your legal rights, contact us at (800) 525-7111. One of our intake staff members will have your claim reviewed by one of our knowledgeable TVM lawyers after a few preliminary questions. If you would prefer to get started immediately, fill out the free case review form located at the top right hand corner of this page and your claim will be reviewed right away.