Millions of women have received vaginal mesh implant devices throughout the U.S. Vaginal mesh implants are used after hysterectomies, as well as to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). A vaginal mesh device is made of synthetic material in a hammock-like design, which is implanted to support pelvic organs.
Unfortunately, these mesh devices—including bladder slings—have led to numerous complications and injuries after implantations. Fortunately, however, mesh device recipients have consumer rights that may provide compensation for the medical costs and pain and suffering related to the implanted devices.
If you or a loved one was injured while using a pelvic mesh device, a Michigan transvaginal mesh injury lawyer is here to help. A compassionate attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. could explain your legal rights following an injury and work tirelessly to file a claim on your behalf.
Common Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh
While there are a number of injuries a woman may sustain from using a transvaginal mesh device, there are common complications that may arise. These include:
- Mesh erosion
- Organ perforation
- Urinary incontinence
- Chronic pain
- Increased infection risk
- Urinary complications
- Bowel perforations
- Bladder perforations
- Blood vessel perforations
- Additional pelvic prolapse
- Sexual complications
After a woman undergoes a Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) repair surgery using a vaginal mesh, she may experience such problems. Patients who suffer serious injuries or harm due to the fact that the device was defective, however, do have legal rights and may be able to pursue a lawsuit against the manufacturer with the help of a Michigan transvaginal mesh lawyer.
While the vast majority of women with implanted mesh devices do not experience complications from the device, after reviewing the number of reported adverse incidents related to the devices the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that complications were not rare. Some of the complications believed to be related to vaginal mesh implants include bleeding, pelvic pain, organ perforation, infection, painful intercourse, and all of those complications listed above.
Device erosion occurs when the plastic material of the device fuses with the surrounding tissue and causes the vaginal wall tissue to erode. If the device erodes it can perforate other organs. Both erosion and organ perforation can require multiple surgeries. Because the device fuses with the tissue it is attached to, it can become very difficult to fully remove, even with multiple surgeries. Furthermore, the remaining pieces of the device can continue to cause pain and other complications. Some of the most common reactions associated with this erosion include:
- Persistent pain
- Damage to the bladder or bowels
- Recto-vaginal fistula
- Abscess – pus-filled sore
When an individual suffers these sorts of reactions from a defective mesh device, they might wish to pursue compensation for their losses. By enlisting a vaginal mesh lawyer in Michigan, a potential claimant could have help with determining manufacturer liability.ar.
Mesh-related complications are not only painful, but they can also be very costly, both financially and emotionally. Therefore, vaginal mesh lawsuits allow injured women to seek damages, or compensation, for the losses, as well as the additional medical procedures directly related to the removal of the faulty implant. Some of the more common damages include economic costs such as medical expenses and lost wages, while non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and loss of spousal consortium are often included as well.
Michigan Transvaginal Mesh Injury Attorney
Any woman who has experienced problems after receiving any type of surgical mesh or bladder sling, or suffers serious injuries due to the design of the pelvic support system, may have a potential claim. Some of these surgical meshes or bladder sling devices include:
- Bard Avaulta Support System
- AMS Elevate Prolapse Repair System
- AMS Apogee Vault Suspension System
- AMS Perigee System
- AMS Monarc Sling System
- AMS Sparc Sling System
- Ethicon Gynecare Gynemesh
- Ethicon Gynecare Prolene Soft Mesh
- Ethicon Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System
- Ethicon Gynecare TVT Transvaginal Sling
- Boston Scientific Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit
- Boston Scientific Uphold Vaginal Support System
- UGYTEX Dual Knit Mesh
- Coviden IVS Tunneler Sling
If you or a loved one was injured after utilizing a transvaginal mesh device from these or other manufacturers, a Michigan transvaginal mesh lawyer may be able to help. By filing a claim for compensation, you could request recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, mental anguish, and other damages. To begin working on a claim, call a compassionate and skillful attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. today.
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