Types of Transvaginal Mesh Products
Transvaginal mesh products – also known as pelvic mesh, surgical mesh and TVM products – are implanted to reinforce the weakened vaginal wall in patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or to support the urethra or bladder neck in patients with stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh products tend to integrate with surrounding tissue once they are implanted. This makes it impossible to fully remove them if they cause problems, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
TVM products are widely believed to cause serious complications, including:
- Erosion, exposure, extrusion or protrusion of surgical mesh through the vaginal wall
- Perforation of adjacent organs
- Infection (particularly if a bowel is perforated)
- Pain (including pain during sexual intercourse, a condition called dyspareunia)
- Urinary problems.
The defective medical device lawyers of The Driscoll Firm, LLC, are now investigating cases of injury caused by transvaginal mesh products implanted in women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse and/or stress urinary incontinence.
If you have experienced these complications or similar reactions, you may have a right to be compensated for your pain and suffering and for your additional medical expenses. Contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC, today through our toll-free number or contact us online to speak with an experienced lawyer about your case.
Warnings about Surgical Mesh
In 2011, the FDA declared that these complications “are not rare.” The FDA also said it wasn’t clear that transvaginal POP repair with mesh was more effective than traditional non-mesh repair and said that such a procedure may actually “expose patients to greater risk.”
More recently, a study published in May 2013 by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that patients who receive TVM products face a 10.5 percent risk of erosion of the mesh through the abdominal wall within seven years of implantation.
Manufacturers and Pelvic Mesh Products
Transvaginal / pelvic mesh manufacturers and their products include:
- American Medical Systems – Apogee, BioArc, Elevate, IN-Fast, MiniArc, Monarc, Perigee, Sparc
- Boston Scientific – Advantage, Advantage Fit, Lynx, Obtryx, Pinnacle, Prefyx, Solyx, Uphold
- Coloplast Corp. – Novasilk Synthetic Flat Mesh, Restorelle Smartmesh, Exair Mesh, Aris Transobturator (TOT) Sling, Minitape Sling, Omnisure Sling, Supris Suprapubic Sling, T-Sling with Centrasorb
- C.R. Bard, Inc. – Align, Avaulta BioSynthetic Support System, Avaulta Plus BioSynthetic Support System, Avaulta Solo Synthetic Support System, Pelvicol, Pelvilace, Pelvisoft, Pelvitex, Perfix Plug, Uretex
- Ethicon, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson) – Gynemesh, Gynemesh PS, Prolift, Prolift M, Prosima TVT, TVT Abbrevo, TVT Exact, TVT-O, TVT Retropubic System, TVT Secur
Contact a Defective Transvaginal Mesh Products Lawyer Today
The Driscoll Firm, LLC, has represented clients injured by dangerous medical devices and pharmaceuticals across the country for more than a decade. In the past three years alone, we have recovered nearly $170 million in settlements for deserving clients.
If you or a loved one has received a transvaginal mesh implant and experienced serious adverse reactions, call us today or submit our online form for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
For more information:
- FDA Safety Communication: UPDATE on Serious Complications Associated with Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Long-term Outcomes Following Abdominal Sacrocolpopexy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Journal of the American Medical Association