Transvaginal mesh, or pelvic mesh, is a product many doctors have used to fix a pelvic prolapse. Pelvic prolapses occur due to a weakening in the muscles that hold your pelvic organs in place. This muscle weakness often occurs from the stretching childbirth causes or from abdominal surgeries. The transvaginal mesh is used to prevent organs like the bladder from prolapsing, or dropping from their normal place in your lower belly and pushing against the walls of the vagina.
Many women will have some kind of pelvic organ prolapse. To prevent the complications from a pelvic organ prolapse, surgeons began using mesh as a means of repair as early as the 1970s. It wasn’t until 1996 that the FDA approved Boston Scientific’s transvaginal mesh device, which was specifically designed for the treatment and repair of pelvic organ prolapse.
Common Symptoms of Transvaginal Mesh Device Failure
Since that time, it is believed that the transvaginal mesh device has had a failure rate as high as 10%, meaning one in every 10 women who received a transvaginal mesh device experienced serious complications. For those who may have had a transvaginal mesh placed, symptoms that indicate the failure of your device include pelvic or vaginal pain. This pain may only occur during sexual intercourse. Other symptoms include:
- Persistent discharge
- Return of the previously treated condition
As you may know, the problems resulting from the transvaginal mesh have resulted in numerous lawsuits. There are several companies facing product liability lawsuits from women who have been harmed as a result of their transvaginal mesh device. If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about transvaginal mesh device lawsuits, or you think you may have a case, please call us today and schedule your free consultation.