Serious side effects caused by transvaginal mesh implants are making headlines across the globe. This problem is not new. Patients experiencing severe problems are growing in number including many in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Many point the blame at the manufacturers of the medical devices. After successes using mesh to treat hernias, manufacturers quickly began promoting models for treating prolapse after child birth. It could be that some rushed to market before sufficiently testing the products, though some complications have been linked to the surgical teams. If you or a loved one has had a transvaginal mesh implant, here are some things the Philadelphia medical product liability lawyers think you should know.
When a defective medical device is used on a patient, the cure can be worse than the treated condition. The treatment involving transvaginal mesh implants is meant to resolve a problem common during childbirth.
Some women who have had a vaginal birth may experience a uterine prolapse, whereas the uterus, bowel, or bladder collapses into the vagina. A uterine prolapse can cause a range of problems such as vaginal bleeding, chronic bladder infections, and severe discomfort. A prolapsed bladder can cause incontinence and other urinary problems including discharge and discomfort.
Although it would seem the solution is a transvaginal mesh implant, these are not suitable for every patient. Patients should be informed before childbirth of the possibility of its use and authorization should be obtained. Such implants require surgery outside the normal childbirth process. Some patients report having had the procedure without knowing.
Some of the mild problems associated with improper use of transvaginal mesh implants and defective devices include severe chronic pain, difficulty walking, incontinence, and pain during intercourse. This has also resulted in marital difficulties including a breakdown of the relationship.
Researchers around the world are looking at the problem and have determined that as many as 36 percent of women who have received the implant are experiencing serious complications. However, many are suffering in silence. Some have been to their physicians only to be told there is nothing wrong. Still others mistakenly attribute the discomfort to their childbirth, even months after.
Experts say that most discomfort related to childbirth should go away within a few days. Spotty bleeding and vaginal discharge may last up to four weeks. If there were complications, pain and discomfort may last longer. If such problems last longer than two months, there could be a serious condition requiring medical attention.
If the normal discomfort associated with childbirth lasts longer than it should, there may be a problem. Even if the physician assures you after several months that all is well, if you have had a transvaginal mesh implant after childbirth to correct a prolapse you may have a serious condition. The Philadelphia medical product liability lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler are committed to helping those affected by defective medical devices. If you believe your implant is causing problems, call us at 215-569-4000 or 800-369-0899 or complete our online contact form.