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When you received surgical repair for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) with a transvaginal mesh, you were likely not informed of the risks of the procedure. You were also likely not informed that there was no definitive evidence stating that this medical device provided any benefit to patients. The transvaginal mesh is another example of the industrial and profit-driven aspects of medicine overriding the ethic of care.
If you have been injured by the transvaginal mesh, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries with a product liability lawsuit. To learn more, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, PA for a free consultation.
What Is the Transvaginal Mesh?
The transvaginal mesh was designed to be a kind of safety net that would help support your pelvic organs in the event they were slipping out of place, causing discomfort or dysfunction. It has been approved for use in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapsed (POP) since 2002 and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) since 1996.
Although the original transvaginal mesh designs underwent the full FDA approval process, more recent designs have taken a shortcut route to approval, and there are concerns that a number of these potentially defective medical devices may not meet standards of safety and effectiveness, including models manufactured by:
- American Medical Systems (AMS)
- Boston Scientific
- C.R. Bard
- Johnson & Johnson
If you have received a transvaginal mesh manufactured by one of these companies, you may have been put at risk of injury.
Injuries Associated with Transvaginal Mesh
Although the transvaginal mesh is designed to cure, it unfortunately results in a very high rate of complications. This means that women who receive the transvaginal mesh may experience:
- Additional surgeries to remove the mesh and/or repair damage
- Organ damage to the bladder or urethra
- Vaginal erosion
- Painful intercourse
- Abdominal or vaginal pain
- Unexplained infections or signs of infection such as fever or a foul odor in the treatment area
- Loss of skin and other tissue in the treatment area
Unfortunately, many women who experience these side effects may never be better. Even after multiple surgeries, your condition may be permanent, resulting in dysfunction and a significantly decreased quality of life.
Why Contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates
When you suffer injury as a result of a defective medical device, you not only incur additional medical expenses for follow-up tests and procedures, you lose income as a result of lost work and you may suffer a permanent decrease in your quality of life. You deserve compensation for these economic and noneconomic losses.
Your lawsuit can also serve to reduce the profits of companies that make their money by putting people at risk. These companies need to be told that this is not only unethical, but bad business as well. This may lead to fewer dangerous products appearing on the market in the future.
When you have suffered injury as a result of the negligence of a corporation, you deserve compensation for your injuries. To increase your odds of getting the compensation you deserve, you should work with a law firm whose attorneys are dedicated to you and experienced in lawsuits against large corporations. McWhirter, Bellinger, & Associates has grown to become one of the larger firms in South Carolina because of its commitment to its clients and its record of success.
To learn more about us and how we can help you get compensation through a lawsuit over your transvaginal mesh injuries, please contact us today.
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