Since 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been issuing safety communications due to multiple reports of adverse events, or problems, after a transvaginal mesh surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP). In just two years, from 2008 to 2010, the FDA received over 1,500 reports of problems after transvaginal mesh surgeries. Those numbers do not take into consideration all of the other women who are suffering from problems after mesh surgery and have not reported those problems to the FDA.
In July 2011, the FDA issued an updated safety communication warning to surgeons, nurses, other health care providers and patients that surgical mesh, like Avulta, that are placed vaginally to repair organ prolapse, may cause more problems for women than other surgical options. In other words, the easier or less invasive way is not always the best way. The FDA also went on to say that the exposure to vaginal mesh insertion and exposure showed no evidence of a better outcome or quality of life. In other words, to me, that means that the surgery had more risks than benefits. Unfortunately, how many women were not made aware of those risks before the surgery and signed a consent form for the surgery without being fully informed or aware of the risks and benefits of the surgery?
After a pregnancy and vaginal delivery, every woman knows that her body will never be the same. POP or organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic or internal structures such as the bladder, bowel, uterus or muscles and ligaments supporting them, lose their tone or become weak due to all the stretching that occurs during a pregnancy. After the pregnancy, the pelvic organs can drop or fall into the vagina. The displacement of the bowel, uterus or bladder are non life-threatening conditions, but they can cause minor pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, urine leakage, or problems with the bowels. Until now, many women were told or sold that a vaginal mesh surgery would help them. Now, many of those women who underwent a vaginal mesh POP repair are worse off or are now suffering with more pain and discomfort. The most frequently reported complications after a vaginal mesh repair are: the mesh protruding out of the vagina, vaginal infections, pain, bleeding, pain during sex or sexual intercourse, urinary problems or leaking urine, scar tissue or nerve damage. Many were told that the vaginal mesh was going to make thing better, but instead, it made things worse.
If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered after a vaginal mesh surgery to repair a prolapse, please feel free to speak to one of our experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys, doctors, or nurses for a risk free and strictly confidential consultation. Our long history of success and track record speaks for itself. We have been here since 1958 and have had billions awarded on behalf of our injured clients. When you call us, you will speak to a physician, a nurse or an attorney, not a paralegal or secretary. Our medical and legal teams here at the record setting and law changing Beasley Law Firm are here to really listen and help you. We are not here for us, we are here for you. Please feel to talk to us toll free at (215) 866-2424.