Texas Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit – Texas Pelvic Mesh Lawyer
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Pelvic mesh is a net-like material that is designed to provide support to damaged or weakened tissue in the pelvis. It is usually made from synthetic materials, including polypropylene plastics, but can also be made from animal tissue. Is commonly implanted through the vagina, but can also be implanted through the abdomen as well. A vaginal implant is usually faster and less invasive compared to an abdominal implantation method because there is no incision required.
Mesh implants have been used as a hernia repair mechanism since the 1950s. Doctors started using mesh to correct pelvic floor disorders in the 1970s. Unfortunately, pelvic mesh treatments are associated with higher complication rates than traditional pelvic floor disorder treatments.
What are Pelvic Floor Disorders?
Surgical mesh commonly treats pelvic organ prolapse, which occurs when the ligaments that support a woman’s pelvic organs have deteriorated or weakened. The organs can actually move and become damaged. The mesh is implanted as a reinforcement to support the vaginal wall.
Pelvic mesh can also be used in women who experience stress urinary incontinence. This condition is the unintentional loss of urine that may result from pressure or stress on the bladder. It is commonly associated with physical movement or activity, including running, heavy lifting, sneezing, coughing. The mesh is used to support the bladder neck or urethra. This type of mesh is also known as a midurethral sling.
Both of these conditions commonly occur in women who have experienced childbirth, a hysterectomy, or menopause.
Problems Associated with Pelvic Mesh
While pelvic mesh has been helpful for many women, some women have experienced severe and life-altering complications. For example, some women have experienced organ perforation after a vaginal mesh implant. Infection and erosion of the vaginal tissues and the mesh itself have also occurred. Other complications may include:
- Pain during sex
- Pain generally
- Nerve problems
- Vaginal shrinkage
- Vaginal scarring
- Recurrence of prolapse or incontinence
These problems may also require additional treatment and surgery. However, pelvic mesh is not designed to be removed, so it can be difficult to extract without causing further damage to the surrounding organs and tissues.
In the year 2010 alone, there were more than 75,000 transnational mesh implants. However, over 10 percent of those surgeries resulted in failure and related injuries.
In 2011, the FDA reported that it had received over 4,000 reports of complications related to pelvic mesh from 2005 to 2011. Initially, the FDA concluded that complications were rare, and issued a report to this effect in 2008, but by 2011 the FDA realized that the complications were not as rare as they initially thought. In 2016, the FDA change the classification of pelvic mesh from a moderate-risk device to a high-risk device.
They have been over 40,000 lawsuits filed in West Virginia alone that deal with pelvic mesh complications. There are many more lawsuits pending other locations. Unfortunately, knowledge regarding the risks and complications of pelvic mesh have come too late for many women.