Have you ever heard about the vaginal mesh lawsuit? You may have seen an email for it in your spam folder, or an article about it in a magazine, but there are many women that don’t know the specifics of this lawsuit.
The vaginal mesh device, developed and used initially in the 90s, was first hailed as a scientific breakthrough that helped correct some common problems that menopausal women or those who just had children experienced. However, there are many serious complications that have led to the vaginal mesh lawsuit. Read on to see what complications you need to be aware of with the vaginal mesh.
Reasons for Vaginal Mesh
While the vaginal mesh is vilified as an evil device now because many people know about the complications, it was first hailed as a scientific breakthrough because it helped correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). There are other surgeries that can correct these issues, but they have a high failure rate and they are quite expensive.
POP is when the pelvic floor weakens from childbirth, obesity or just genetics. It means that the pelvis has a hard time supporting your organs, such as the vagina, cervix and bladder.
SUI is a common type of incontinence where women experience leakage from any type of physical activity. It is usually caused by childbirth, pregnancy or just aging.
The vaginal mesh is a porous or non-porous mesh (depending on the manufacturer and the type) that would help reinforce the weakened tissue so that women could live without these problems, and without major surgeries.
During the vaginal mesh lawsuits that followed, it was found that the manufacturer didn’t do enough research to avoid the serious complications that followed. Most vaginal mesh lawsuits revealed that women experienced serious issues about a year or so after the surgery, and that surgeons had an incredibly difficult time removing the mesh.
One of the biggest issues is that the mesh was prone to erosion. This means that the mesh would fail, and it would usually increase the pain that you experienced before the mesh was inserted.
Another issue is that the mesh would contract once inside the vaginal wall. This led to even more pain, especially during sexual intercourse or certain physical activity. Lastly, if there were any cuts around the vaginal mesh area, then there would be sustained bleeding that could become fatal.
There was something else brought up when the FDA launched a major review of the product. Not only did the vaginal mesh not help treat the issues that it was supposed to fix, it usually made the problems much worse. Women had to deal with more issues, and the existing problems were harder to deal with.
There are many medical devices that have a high failure rate, so why is there a vaginal mesh lawsuit? The main reason for this is because women weren’t told about the complications, and they were told that the surgery would be very easy.
The fact is that about 10% of women experience failure and erosion with the vaginal mesh, and more than 3% require revision surgery. This means that surgeons have to go in, remove the mesh and correct the issue. However, revision surgery is very difficult because tissue grows in and around the mesh.
According to many surgeons, this is roughly the equivalent of trying to remove gum from hair. It often takes about two or three surgeries before the mesh is fully removed.
If you had the vaginal mesh surgery and you are experiencing problems, then you are entitled to a vaginal mesh lawsuit. Many women have been awarded thousands of dollars for their pain and suffering, and the largest lawsuit resulted in $5 million in damages. It’s your right to be told about any problems and complications before surgery, and you also have the right to sue if no one told you about the various issues with the vaginal mesh.