Transvaginal mesh lawsuits have increased in popularity in recent years, but these products date back as far as the 1950s. According to medical resources, transvaginal mesh evolved from a surgical mesh product used to treat hernias. By the 1970s, the same product was altered to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a medical condition that affects approximately 33% of women at some point in their lives.
In the decades following the first mesh product, manufacturers took the basic idea behind surgical mesh and tailored it to fit the unique needs of POP patients. The first surgical mesh, specifically designed to treat POP, was developed by Boston Scientific. The manufacturer called this product the "ProtoGen Sling," which was later approved by the FDA in 1996 to treat a condition called such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The ProtoGen Sling was recalled three years later.
In 2002, Ethicon released its "Tension-Free Vaginal Tap (TVT). By this time, surgical mesh was a relatively popular treatment for POP and SUI.
As the mesh products became increasingly popular, doctors purchased them in "kits" that came with instructions and prepackaged mesh and tools. These kits were originally created in 1997 for SUI surgery and later developed to treat POP as well. According to some medical professionals, these kits contributed to complicates experienced by surgical mesh patients today.
Know Your Rights
If you or a loved one is suffered or is currently suffering because of a faulty transvaginal mesh implant, the Daspit Law Firm can help you fight for financial compensation for your suffering and medical expenses. You have the right to seek money for doctors' visits, missed wages, revision surgeries, and noneconomic damages. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case. Need more information? Visit our page about transvaginal mesh lawsuits.
Side Effects & Lawsuits
Although transvaginal mesh implants were touted as "less invasive" and "simple" compared to other POP treatment options, doctors discovered that mesh slings are subject to a variety of dangerous complications, including erosion and perforation.
Erosion occurs when the mesh begins to damage and push through surrounding tissue. In extreme cases, the mesh can completely erode the tissue and perforate nearby organs, including the bowels and bladder. These side effects cause severe pain, and can lead to infection and emotional damage as well.