Personal injury cases involving pelvic mesh, transvaginal mesh and hernia mesh implants are still on the rise, with attorneys receiving a steady flow of new clients who are coming forward to seek compensation for injuries caused by these high-risk and sometimes faulty devices.
Transvaginal mesh implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, which arises when the muscles and other soft tissue structures fail to hold the pelvic organs in an anatomically correct position. Pelvic mesh is also used to provide bladder support to women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence, which arises when a woman leaks urine while coughing, laughing or exercising.
Mesh is also used to treat hernias in the pelvic region and abdomen. Hernias occur as a result of an inborn defect or when the muscles and soft tissues are injured. A hole or tear arises, allowing organs and tissues to move out of an anatomically correct position. Constriction can occur, cutting off blood supply to the organs and resulting in necrosis which can be fatal if left untreated.
These mesh implants are used to repair and correct some very serious conditions. But the mesh devices have proven to be high risk and dangerous, in part due to a lack of testing in live human subjects by some manufacturers.
Some mesh implants, including the Composix Kugel mesh implants manufactured by C.R. Bard, feature a memory recoil ring around the edges of the device, which is folded up for insertion into the body. The ring then expands the device once inside the body, but it has been found to break, resulting in injuries to internal organs and internal bleeding.
The Composix Kugel mesh devices were subsequently recalled after C.R. Bard received reports of the broken rings causing injuries when the sharp plastic cut into organs and tissue.
Some pelvic mesh devices have a rough texture that caused bladder erosion, while others caused internal injury from sharp edges that created a sawing effect as the result of normal movement. This flaw, which critics say could have been detected if the transvaginal mesh manufacturers had conducted more extensive testing in human subjects, led to serious internal injuries, bleeding, lifelong pain and disability.
Some individuals have reportedly had to undergo multiple operations and others say they suffer from chronic pain, discomfort and disability as a result of the surgical mesh implants.
Currently, transvaginal mesh and pelvic mesh devices are classified as high risk devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has already called for more stringent guidelines and testing requirements, but it was recently announced that they are now calling for even stricter regulations for these devices.
The FDA’s list of medical device recalls, including hernia and pelvic mesh implants, can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/ListofRecalls/ucm062944.htm
In addition to the FDA-issued recalls, a number of manufacturers have issued voluntary recalls. Currently, tens of thousands of product liability lawsuits have been filed against surgical mesh manufacturers. It’s expected that when all is said and done, settlements could total billions of dollars. Cases that go to trial could account for awards totaling billions more from the more than half a dozen surgical mesh manufacturers.
If you or a loved one has experienced adverse health effects and other losses as a result of a hernia mesh, transvaginal mesh or pelvic mesh implant, we invite you to contact us to discuss the specifics of your case. Just complete our form or call us at 877-274-8672.