SAFETY ALERT: Transvaginal Mesh Cases
Hupy and Abraham is representing clients in transvaginal mesh (TVM) cases. Surgeons started using TVM about 10 years ago to treat incontinence and prolapse. These devices are usually placed transvaginally utilizing tools for minimally invasive placement. Over the past decade, the FDA received thousands of complaints about TVM failures and associated injuries. In 2010, over 300,000 of these products were used, and it has been suggested that 10% are failing. As a result in 2011, the FDA reclassified these products as Moderate to High Risk.
The most frequent complications include erosion through vaginal epithelium, infection, pain, urinary problems, and recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence. There were also reports of bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion. In some cases, vaginal scarring and mesh erosion led to a significant decrease in patient quality of life due to discomfort and pain, including dyspareunia. A number of manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson have issued recalls.
It is important to note that although formally these products are known as TVM, sometimes they are referred to as just “mesh, tape, or sling.” Although there are nine manufacturers of these products, each manufacturer has anywhere from 1 to 10 different brand names for their products
If you or a loved one have been injured due to TVM, and suffered any of the following side effects: infection, pain, urinary problems, incontinence or bowel, bladder, or blood vessel perforation during insertion, please call Hupy and Abraham today for a FREE consultation: 1.800.800.5678.