Defective surgical mesh implants pose several risks

As women in Las Vegas grow older, surgeries, childbirth and weight issues can cause muscles in the pelvic area to weaken. When this occurs, additional problems such as urinary stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse can develop. Often, the recommended treatment is to reinforce the tissue by inserting a vaginal mesh implant.

The risks

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, these mesh implants have been known to cause serious problems. In 2011, the FDA issued a warning relating to the use of these medical devices, and the potential risks for the following complications:

  • Infection
  • Urinary problems
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Organ perforation

These complications and others were reported between 2008 and 2010 to the FDA, prompting the agency to conduct a review of mesh implant devices. The review revealed that it was quite common for the mesh to erode, exposing women to the need for additional surgery. In fact at least 10 percent of all women who go through the surgery have experienced one or more complications.

4263660_sDefective mesh verdicts

In August it was reported that vaginal mesh manufacturer, C.R. Bard, Inc. is facing over 5,000 injury claims over their device. One woman started having bladder spasms, bleeding and pain after having one of the company’s vaginal mesh implanted. She filed a lawsuit against C.R. Bard, claiming that it ignored defective warnings in order to make money. That lawsuit ended in a $2 million jury verdict against the company.

It is not the first judgment to be made against the company. In California, a jury awarded another victim $5.5 million for injuries connected to the defective product, and the company recently settled with another victim in West Virginia. The amount of that settlement was not disclosed, but the woman underwent six additional surgeries in an effort to undo the damage caused by the mesh implant, according to Bloomberg.

Demand for a ban

Fox News reported that a woman in Miami believes that the mesh devices should be banned by the FDA. She had her mesh implant removed but it took 17 surgeries to accomplish the task. Her opinion is supported by others who have experienced complications connected to the mesh. The device is manufactured by six different medical companies and the FDA is reluctant to pull its approval rating because of concern that there are some women who might find the device beneficial.

Dealing with complications from a mesh implant can be taxing on a person’s physical, psychological and mental health. It is therefore wise for victims to consult with an experienced attorney to understand their rights and how to seek appropriate compensation.

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