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Pelvic Mesh Implants - More Harm Than Good

From 2005 to 2010, there were over 4,000 injuries reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following the placement of a transvaginal mesh device also called pelvic slings. This surgical mesh is placed through the vagina to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). POP occurs when the tissue and muscles that surround and support the pelvic organs grow weak or stretch. Often this occurs after childbirth.

The placement of this mesh presents greater risk than other on-mesh procedures. According to the FDA, some of the complications associated with transvaginal mesh slings include erosion of the mesh infor the vaginal tissue, chronic vaginal discharge, organ perforation (such as bowel or bladder), pelvic infection, lower back pain, pain during intercourse, pressure in the abdomen, vaginal bleeding, and urinary and fecal incontinence. Unfortunately, because of the damage caused by the mesh, women often undergo multiple procedures in an attempt to remove the mesh.

The mesh products are made by several companies including C.R. Bard Inc., Boston Scientific Corp. and Johnson & Johnson. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed regarding complications due to these surgical mesh devices. Our firm is proud to represent women who have been injured by TVM implants.

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