Transvaginal mesh is a surgical device used to treat patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Transvaginal mesh is often made of polypropylene.
Now a recalled product, Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift mesh was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2008, three years after Ethicon had started selling the mesh without FDA approval. A unit of Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon voluntarily removed the Gynecare Prolift, as well as three other mesh products, the Prolift+ M, TVT Secur, and Prosima, from the market in 2012 following an FDA order addressed to transvaginal mesh manufacturers mandating that they commence mesh safety studies.
A study published in the International Urogynecology Journal in 2006 examined the mesh erosion rates of 138 patients. They found that twenty percent of these patients experienced mesh erosion. Between the two different types of mesh they were studying, they found no significant variance in erosion rates, as both kinds appeared to erode at roughly the same rate.
Transvaginal mesh erosion occurs when the mesh begins to break down inside of the patient’s body. The mesh has also been known to erode through the surrounding vaginal tissues.
Signs of transvaginal mesh erosion include severe pelvic area pain, bleeding, abscesses, tissue inflamation, dyspareunia, and vaginal discharge. Often, patients notice a return of their POP or SUI symptoms, alerting them to the fact that the mesh has failed.
In cases where transvaginal mesh has eroded, patients frequently undergo a number of surgical operations to remove the mesh and to repair any internal damage it may have caused.
If you or a loved one has experienced transvaginal mesh erosion, your mesh case may qualify you for compensation. Discuss your case and legal options with a Carey Danis & Lowe transvaginal mesh attorney. Our St. Louis class action attorneys provide free initial consultations.
Carey Danis & Lowe has years of experience in handling personal injury and pharmaceutical litigation involving a wide spectrum of transvaginal mesh products, including Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift. We work closely with our team of medical experts and our clients to develop strong and soundproof cases.
For more information about transvaginal mesh and perforation, and for assistance with filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim.