Women who received a vaginal mesh implant need to know what symptoms may signal a problem with their mesh device.
Vaginal mesh implants were first introduced in 1996 to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse. This condition, also known as POP, is caused by childbirth and other conditions and results in a significant weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. This weakening can lead to other health issues, including stress urinary incontinence. Pelvic organ prolapse can be treated in a number of ways but vaginal mesh implants have become increasingly popular, with an estimated 300,000 women undergoing implantation surgery each year.
Concerns over the safety of the mesh devices first arose in 2008, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received numerous complaints from women who claimed they experienced adverse side effects after receiving one of the implants. From 2008 to 2010, the FDA received numerous additional complaints. In June 2011, the FDA issued an updated safety warning advising women and physicians of the potential risks associated with these devices.
If you or a loved one underwent surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse and received a transvaginal mesh implant, there are several warning signs you need to be aware of which may indicate that your device is failing. These symptoms include:
- Leaking urine
- Frequent vaginal infections
- Chronic vaginal discharge
- Erosion of the mesh
- Painful intercourse
- Abdominal pain
- Recurring feeling of pressure or fullness in lower abdomen
- Bulging sensation in the lower vagina
- Lower backache
- Difficult bowel movements
- Inability to urinate caused by a bladder obstruction
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your physician immediately to assess your health risk. In addition to speaking with a medical expert, you may also want to contact a legal professional to discuss your rights. Hundreds of women have filed personal injury lawsuits against the makers of vaginal mesh devices seeking damages for injuries they suffered after receiving one of these implants.
The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen LLP is currently investigating claims from women in all 50 states who say they suffered serious complications caused by a vaginal mesh device. The firm is committed to helping these victims get the full amount of compensation they deserve for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Free initial case evaluations are available by calling 1-800-722-0765 or by visiting the firm’s online Vaginal Mesh Injury Resource Center. All cases are accepted on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless a judgment is recovered on your behalf. Contact Nadrich & Cohen today to put their team of vaginal mesh injury experts to work for you.