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Aggressive Representation for Patients Injured by Transvaginal Mesh

Helping victims of products liability throughout Memphis, Jackson and West Tennessee

Transvaginal mesh (TVM), also known as pelvic mesh or surgical mesh, is a plastic mesh product made from polypropylene that is implanted into the pelvic region of a woman’s body. Pelvic mesh was designed as a permanent repair for conditions called pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). These conditions can show up in women after childbirth, a hysterectomy or menopause. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a woman’s pelvic floor muscles weaken and the pelvic organs including the bladder, rectum, and uterus drop down into the vagina.

We at the law firm of Bailey & Greer, PLLC understand how devastating it can be when you have undergone a painful procedure that you hoped would solve a problem, only to find that it has created a new, painful and embarrassing one. We protect clients in and around Memphis, Jackson and West Tennessee when they have suffered harm because of a defective medical device. We will fight to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

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Manufacturers who put their profits before your safety

The polypropylene mesh that doctors use to treat pelvic organ prolapse and SUI are made by many different manufacturers, including:

  • R. Bard – Avaulta, Uretex
  • Boston Scientific
  • Ethicon (subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) – Gynecare Systems
  • Tyco Healthcare (now Covidien)
  • American Medical Systems (AMS)
  • Fasalata Allograft
  • Endo Pharmaceuticals
  • Coloplast

Interestingly, in January 2012 the FDA issued 522 orders requiring post-market surveillance studies for urogynecologic surgical mesh implant products, and many companies that sold these products simple stopped making and selling them. The reason the FDA was requiring these manufacturers to conduct safety studies of their products was because of the high number of adverse event reports (consumer complaints) they were receiving about women experiencing complications following pelvic mesh implant surgery. Some

Associated dangers of transvaginal mesh

The surgical procedure to repair prolapsed pelvic organs used to be done through an incision in the abdomen, but when the FDA approved these plastic mesh products in the late 1990s, it allowed doctors to do the procedure through the vagina which was much faster and easier. However, while the procedure might have been quicker, the FDA began warning women that the transvaginal implantation of plastic mesh devices might carry a greater risk than the abdominal surgery. Some of the complications associated with TVM include:

  • Infection
  • Mesh erosion
  • Bleeding
  • Urinary problems
  • Abscesses
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Vaginal shrinkage
  • Painful intercourse
  • Perforation of bowel, bladder and blood vessels

Many women who experienced these complications then had to go through painful revision surgery to repair problems caused by the mesh implant. In some cases, a patient’s insurance will not cover a revision surgery, meaning some patients have to pay for the correction out of their own pockets.

Bailey & Greer Team

At Bailey & Greer, we find this unacceptable. Women who have been injured after having vaginal mesh implants may be able to bring a lawsuit seeking compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Our experienced products liability attorneys can answer questions and advise women who are looking to take legal action. There is a statutory time limit, so it is important that you call our Memphis office sooner rather than later.

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At Bailey & Greer, PLLC we proudly serve the legal needs of victims throughout Memphis, Jackson and West Tennessee. Our legal team is ready to listen to you and to offer you the compassionate guidance and counsel you need if you have suffered an injury from a transvaginal mesh device that failed. To request a free initial consultation, please call 901-680-9777 or fill out our contact form.