Human and Monetary Costs Associated With Transvaginal Mesh Failure
When our organs and other internal body parts will not stay in their proper location, corrective surgery may be needed; however, some of the products that are being used during these procedures may put patients at serious risk of harm.
Take, for instance, the hundreds of thousands of women who have been harmed by a transvaginal mesh failure. Transvaginal mesh is a material that was originally used to repair hernias; however, doctors found the product could also be used in cases of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
These similar uses allowed the product to bypass U.S. Food and Drug Administration testing and approval to go directly to market. A short time later though, problems began to arise.
Women began to report the transvaginal mesh used in their surgical procedures was causing problems such as:
- Urinary problems
- Perforation of organs and bowels
A report from the Corporate Action Network states that since transvaginal mesh has come onto the market, approximately 100,000 lawsuits have been filed in connection to patient injuries the products caused. Estimates show these suits will cost Americans as much as $63 billion.
Some experts believe these numbers are conservative and believe the problem won’t go away until more action is taken to regulate the safety of transvaginal mesh.
At Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers, our St. Louis personal injury attorneys understand the struggles that can come with injuries stemming from botched surgeries. That’s why we encourage anyone who has suffered a transvaginal mesh failure to discuss your potential rights to compensation with a qualified legal representative as soon as possible.