Transvaginal Mesh Injuries Associated with Many Manufacturers
Transvaginal mesh injuries have been associated with many manufacturers including C.R. Bard, Gynecare, Tyco Covidien, Mentor OB, Ethicon, AMS and Boston Scientific. Unfortunately, none of these medical device companies have adequately warned women about the serious risks and side effects they face.
Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects
Although there are many different manufacturers, every product's transvaginal mesh side effects are similar. Transvaginal mesh medical devices are generally used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI):
- POP. POP occurs when the bladder drops or prolapses from its normal position and pushes against the walls of the vagina. This can occur after childbirth or even after an extensive surgery like a hysterectomy.
So, the muscles that hold your pelvic organs in place become weak or stretched through the surgery or childbirth and then the organs drop or prolapse. This can also affect not only the bladder, but the uterus, the bowel and the rectum as well. The result is generally severe pain and recurring problems with the bowel and bladder during urination and sexual activity that can become so bad that many women have reported that their marriages suffer.
- SUI. SUI is a condition that affects about 13 million people in the United States, most of which are women whose pelvic muscles - those that support the bladder and urethra - are weakened and they end up losing bladder control. Without the control of their bladder, they may experience a continual loss of urine that can occur in the simplest of situations such as laughing, coughing, running or other physical activities for where bladder control has never been - and shouldn't be - a concern.
Transvaginal mesh products are artificial structures designed to replace eroded or weakened muscles. When implanted through surgery, women are supposed to experience relief from their condition; however, clinical trials show that a great number of patients are experiencing a wide range of complicated and violent reactions after their surgeries instead.
The most common complications after surgery are erosion of the vagina, bladder, intestines and uterus. What's happening is that the mesh is shrinking and migrating through vaginal and rectal walls which results in scar tissue formation, infection, pelvic pain and pain during urination and/or intercourse.
The reoccurrence of the prolapsed organs - which is when the organs fall - results in women being able to actually feel the mesh in their organs falling like when they are urinating or during intercourse. It's extremely painful and can result in the need to have additional surgeries for a lot of women. In fact, it's not uncommon for women who have suffered transvaginal mesh injuries to undergo four or five surgeries after their initial surgery. That's a lot to go through and transvaginal mesh injury lawyers say that it's simply heartwrenching to hear clients tell their stories about what they've gone through - and what they're likely to go through in the future.
Three Types of Transvaginal Mesh Products
While most transvaginal mesh products are substantially similar, there are some differences. There are synthetic meshes, biological meshes and mixed graph meshes - the latter being a mix of synthetic and biological meshes.
Nearly all of the major transvaginal mesh manufacturers have products in more than one, if not all, of these categories. Bard, Gynecare, AMS (American Medical Systems) and Boston Scientific arguably have the largest market shares of transvaginal mesh products.
C.R. Bard's products include:
- Bard Pelvitex
- Bard Pelvisoft
- Bard Pelvilace or Pelvicol
- Bard Utrtex
- Bard Uretex TO
- Bard Uretex TOO2
- Bard Uretex TOO3
Gynecare/Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson products include:
- Gynecare Prosima
- Gynecare TVT Exact
- Gynecare TVT Abbrevo
- Gynecare TVT Retropubic System
- Gynecare TVT
- Gynecare TVT Obturator
- Gynecare TVT Secur
- Gynecare Gynemesh PS
- Gynecare Prolift
- Gynecare Prolift+M
AMS's products include:
- AMS MiniArc Precise Single-Incision Sling
- AMS MiniArc Single Incision Sling
- AMS Monarc Subfascial Hammock
- AMS In-Fast Ultra Transvaginal Sling
- AMS BioArc
- AMS Sparc Self-Fixating Sling System
- AMS Elevate
- AMS Perigree
- AMS Apogee
Boston Scientific products include:
- Boston Scientific Arise
- Boston Scientific Pinnacle
- Boston Scientific Advantage Fit
- Boston Scientific Lynx
- Boston Scientific Obtryx
- Boston Scientific Prefyx PPS
- Boston Scientific Solyx
Others include Tyco Covidian (which manufacturers the Tyco Covidian Duo and Mentor ObTape). However, transvaginal mesh injury lawyers say that regardless of the product used, it's important for users to understand the risks involved and that anyone who has been injured may be entitled to compensation such as lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and more.