The FDA has recently issued an updated transvaginal mesh warning on the use of the mesh to help repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP). POP occurs when the pelvic organs fall out of place as the result of the stretching or weakening of the tissues holding the organs in place. Transvaginal mesh – also known as vaginal mesh, bladder mesh, or a pelvic sling – has been used to surgically correct this condition. However, research has concluded that serious side effects and complications may result due to its use.
These side effects and risks include:
- Bladder perforation
- Pelvic hemorrhage
- Mesh erosion
- Pain during intercourse
Although some of these effects may be reversed through additional surgeries, others may be life-long, debilitating consequences. According to the FDA – most cases of POP can be treated successfully without the use of transvaginal mesh. The implanting of this dangerous medical device unnecessarily exposes patients to the risk of harm.
In September, the FDA held hearings to determine what stricter safety measures were necessary and to consider the recall of transvaginal mesh.
If your physician has used surgical mesh for the repair of your POP it is important to consult with a transvaginal mesh attorney. In many cases, it may be possible to recover compensation for harm caused by the use of this defective medical device.
For more information, contact the experienced New Mexico medical device lawyers at the Branch Law Firm for a confidential consultation.