It appears the transvaginal mesh (TVM) fiasco is gaining worldwide traction. You’ve most likely heard about the extensive litigation here in the US, but this is not only a problem in America. There is new transvaginal sling litigation filed in Canada and a few hundred women have filed a TVM lawsuit alleging complications from their mesh in Australia!
If you are unfamiliar with what TVM is and does, here is a quick explanation:
Women who have abdominal organ disruption from anything, usually starting with childbirth, but including aging, being involved in an accident or just degeneration can also cause them to develop pelvic organ prolapse (POP). POP is when the organs of the abdomen start to “sag” out of their usual place. They can press on a woman’s pelvis and uterus. This causes pain and uncomfortable sex. In some cases, organs press so far down that they look as if they are falling out of the woman. They can also commonly cause incontinence. The new “end all be all” in medicine to fix this problem was the transvaginal mesh/ transvaginal sling (TVM). This was a mesh-like material that could be placed in a woman’s abdomen. It would ostensibly hold the organs in place, thus alleviating the pain. The problem is that the mesh causes more problems than it solves. The most common problems from TVM are:
• Migration: The mesh actually moves out of position.
• Organ Perforation: The mesh cuts or harms the organ it is supposed to support.
• Rejection: The body does not like the mesh and responds poorly to its intrusion into the body. This can be as simple as inflammation or as serious as complete body system failures.
• Impossibility of Removal: Some women who react badly have a problem removing the mesh as well. The body incorporates the mesh into the tissue, and the surgeons can’t remove it without doing more harm than good.
At this point, TVM is still on the market. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has noted that TVM is not the preferred method of treating POP or serious urinary incontinence (SUI). The FDA has ordered the manufacturers of the TVM materials to conduct a study on women who have used their product to see the effects of the TVM product. It’s been said that after the problematic mesh migrates away from initial placement, it causes pain and even impacts intercourse between partners. Other plaintiffs have claimed their mesh has become intertwined with vital organs.
In any of these cases the women have long-term and serious damages. Finding a law firm that understands mesh and the problems it can cause is important. At LaBovick Law Group we understand your needs and can help get you to a point of justice!