Medical Mesh Lawsuits
Medical mesh implants treat a few health conditions, both in men and in women. One type of mesh is used to treat hernias, with surgeons relying on mesh to help keep hernias from recurring and to help reduce surgery time. Over 90% of groin hernias utilize surgical mesh to repair the condition.
Women who have a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse, a complication of pregnancy, and stress urinary incontinence. A vaginal mesh is one option to treat these conditions. In 10% of patients, the women who have received these mesh implants have had intense pain and some have had to undergo additional painful surgeries to remove the vaginal mesh.
Although these mesh implants treat two very different conditions, the side effects that people have been suffering are similar. Here’s a look at some of the different mesh implants and the side effects that patients have reported.
Hernia Mesh Complications
- Bowel Obstruction
- Organ Perforation
- Implant Migration
- Adhesion or scar-like tissue that sticks together
Vaginal Mesh Complications
- Infection, pain, discomfort, and allergic reaction at the surgery site
- Difficulty urinating, incontinence, inability to control urination
- Pain doing everyday activities, pain during urination, and pain during sexual intercourse
- Perforation of organs and mesh migrating into nearby tissue
- Recurrent pelvic organ prolapse
Current litigation is regarding complications that patients who have had their medical mesh products implanted have suffered.
Hernia Mesh Recalls
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled several mesh products over the past few years. One of the first that the FDA recalled was a hernia mesh in 2005, 2006, and 2007. The mesh caused complications like bowel perforation and a complication called enteric fistula. Enteric fistula occurs when two unrelated organs become physically connected.
Transvaginal Mesh Timeline
Between 2005 and 2010, the FDA received thousands of reports from women who were experiencing complications regarding their transvaginal mesh products. They reclassified transvaginal mesh products from Class II to Class III. Importantly, this reclassification requires pre-market approval for any transvaginal mesh products going forward.
After that, millions of dollars for certain side effects were awarded to plaintiffs who suffered from these medical products. Additionally, many companies faced punitive damage charges. To clarify, the jury determined that the company acted in a malicious way with disregard for patient safety.
If you have had a transvaginal mesh implant that is causing you pain, speak with one of our attorneys immediately. You may be eligible for compensation. Contact Galligan Law in Des Moines, Iowa today at 1-800-217-9312.