Corpus Christi Defective Vaginal Mesh Attorneys
Representing Clients throughout Nueces County & Beyond
When vaginal mesh works as it should, it can free the patient from discomfort
When it doesn’t, it can lead to a variety of conditions including:
- Urinary incontinence
- Bladder perforation
- Bowel perforation
- Organ damage
- Vaginal scarring
- Chronic pain
These conditions are usually due to erosion of the mesh, which is simply
not supposed to erode. Many sufferers of injuries due to faulty vaginal
mesh have sought attorneys to bring the manufacturer and/or the surgeon
to account. Some of these lawsuits have resulted in settlements in favor
of the sufferer.
If you were harmed by defective vaginal mesh, contact Bandas Law Firm,
P.C. online or by phone at (361) 238-2789 to speak to an experienced
Corpus Christi product liability lawyer about your case.
The Potential for Harm
Transvaginal mesh (more commonly referred to simply as vaginal mesh) is
most often used to treat urinary incontinence that occurs in women following
pregnancy and/or childbirth. The burden of carrying a child can cause
the pelvic area to weaken and when that happens, a woman may leak urine
during routine activities or even when laughing or coughing. It is also
used to treat pelvic prolapses, which occur typically in older women as
the tissues and muscles in the bladder, uterus, and the rest of the pelvic
region weaken and stretch.
The theory is that the vaginal mesh will strengthen the woman’s internal
organs, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Over the past ten
years, more than a thousand complaints have been filed with the FDA related
to the use of vaginal mesh. Many women have had the mesh surgically removed.
Many have also sought relief from the pain and discomfort caused by their
faulty vaginal mesh through attorneys who specialize in such cases.
In 2012, the FDA demanded that manufacturers of vaginal mesh study the
risks that can occur with the use of their products. Not all vaginal mesh
products were affected—surgical mesh that was implanted intra-abdominally
was not included. The order referred to vaginal mesh that was placed vaginally
and was based on evidence that the use of the mesh had a greater potential
for harm than other surgical options.
Before the use of vaginal mesh, prolapse and incontinence were treated
surgically, using the patient’s own ligaments to offer support to
muscles that were weakened. With vaginal mesh, the surgeon weaves interlaced
polypropylene throughout the pelvic tissue, and then places it beneath
the urethra, creating a sling that offers support. The concern of the
FDA, and indeed the basis for several lawsuits, is the belief that these
products haven’t passed reasonable safety standards and that the
manufacturers do not warn about the risks involved. Some experts believe
that the product is inherently defective.
In some cases, the mesh has eroded into the patient’s vagina, migrated
to other areas, or shrunk, leading to pelvic pain, urinary problems, and
infections. A 2005 study in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
suggested that there was insufficient data on the safety of vaginal mesh
and that its use could not be recommended. Certainly, the plethora of
lawsuits brought on behalf of patients by vaginal mesh attorneys would
seem to validate this assessment.
Removing Vaginal Mesh
Placing vaginal mesh is a surgical procedure, and so is removing it. Many
women have had to undergo surgery to remove the defective vaginal mesh,
and several have also required blood transfusions, IV therapy, and drainage
of abscesses or hematomas that resulted from the use of the vaginal mesh.
Seeking Legal Help
If you or someone you care about has been harmed by the use of vaginal
mesh, see an attorney who specializes in such cases. He or she can help
you to hold manufacturers and surgeons liable for complications due to
At Bandas Law Firm, P.C., we focus a large portion of our practice on defective
medical device claims. Our Corpus Christi defective vaginal mesh attorneys
can help you seek fair compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Give us a call at (361) 238-2789 or fill out and submit an online contact
form to request a free, confidential case evaluation today.