Many women suffer from conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), for reasons ranging from child birth to simply getting older. There are more than 500,000 surgeries performed each year aimed at correcting these conditions. Surgeons attempt to use a surgical device called Transvaginal Mesh (TVM); which is designed to support to the pelvic organs and give relief to patients.
Doctors tout the fact that using TVM requires little to no recovery time for patients. What patients aren’t told is the harm TVM may cause in the future. The mesh is abrasive, and when rubbed against the soft tissues of the body internal damage and severe pain can occur. And even worse, once the mesh is implanted body tissue grows around it, making it difficult to remove and often requiring multiple surgeries.
There are a handful of companies that have marketed and sold TVM, each company being driven by the almighty dollar; while aware that the FDA released a warning informing surgeons that problems surrounding TVM are not rare, and that there are serious adverse effects that can come from using TVM.
The use of TVM became widely popular during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, and now that some time has passed, there has been a dramatic increase in women who have been harmed. There have been over 70,000 suits filed as a result of injury caused by TVM. One California woman was awarded $5.5 million from the maker of her mesh after she showed how the mesh had harmed her.
Fortunately, there is access to justice for women who have been harmed. One maker of TVM, American Medical Systems, has already paid out $900 million in efforts to settle law suits. Another company, Danish, offered $16 million to settle some 400 lawsuits. If you believe you have been harmed as a result of a TVM implant, you have a great chance of being able to hold these companies responsible for their actions.
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