New findings have recently been published about the dangers for women forced to undergo surgery for the removal of transvaginal mesh. The mesh products have caused injuries to so many women that thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against at least seven manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, Boston Scientific and C.R. Bard Inc.
Medical device makers touted their vaginal mesh products as an innovative tool for treating women with urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. But for thousands of women in whom the mesh products were implanted, the side effects have been devastating, including bleeding, pain and infections. Many women are required to have a second surgery to remove the transvaginal mesh product.
Risk of Dangerous Bleeding Associated With Surgery to Remove Transvaginal Mesh Greater in Multiple Vaginal Compartment Procedure
In research published in May in Obstetrics & Gynecology, it was disclosed that bleeding complications are higher during transvaginal mesh removal surgery when removal involves multiple vaginal compartments rather than just one.
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s Stephanie D. Pickett, M.D. and her Oklahoma City colleagues reviewed complications experienced by 326 patients undergoing single-compartment transvaginal mesh removal and 48 patients undergoing mesh removal from multiple vaginal compartments. The mesh removal surgery was required to treat pain, dyspareunia, difficulty with urination and instances in which the mesh product was actually protruding through the vaginal wall.
In multicompartment surgeries, blood loss was three times greater than in single-compartment surgeries. The likelihood that a blood transfusion would be required after the procedure was more than nine times higher in multicompartment surgeries.
Study authors stressed that surgeons should use this knowledge to plan the safest course for women in need of transvaginal mesh removal.
Contact Waters Kraus & Paul to Learn More About Filing a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
We understand that injuries caused by pelvic mesh are personal and they’re sensitive. That’s why we’ve assembled a legal team, most of whom are women, to provide our TVM clients with compassionate and aggressive representation throughout the entire course of litigation. To learn more about Waters Kraus & Paul, or to have one of our attorneys review your potential pelvic mesh case, contact us by email or call our transvaginal mesh lawyers, like Kyla Cole in our Texas office, at800.226.9880.