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Although the Food and Drug Administration approved surgical mesh for use in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in 2002, the controversy surrounding its use continues to grow. Doctors often favor this method of POP surgery, claiming it is simpler and less invasive.
However, the FDA and some medical professionals contend that surgical placement of mesh through the vagina may expose patients to greater risk than other surgical options.
Surgical Mesh Timeline
In 2002, the FDA approved surgical mesh for POP. Prior to 2002, the FDA had approved surgical mesh for use in stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and hernia repairs. SUI is caused by leakage of urine during moments of physical stress.
In 2008, the FDA issued its first warning regarding surgical mesh for POP. In 2011, the FDA issued an updated warning regarding the use of surgical mesh in POP repairs.
In 2016, the FDA reclassified transvaginal mesh products by designating them as Class III, which generally includes high-risk devices. The FDA also strengthened the approval process requirements for surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP.
What Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
A POP occurs when a pelvic organ, such as the bladder, drops (“prolapses”) from its normal position and pushes against the walls of the vagina. This can happen if the muscles that hold the pelvic organs in place become weak or stretched from childbirth, surgery, or the aging process.
More than one pelvic organ can drop at the same time. Organs that can be involved in POP include the bladder, uterus, bowel and rectum, or, after a hysterectomy, vaginal vault prolapse. In this case, the vagina collapses in upon itself because of the removal of the uterus.
Complications of POP
According to the FDA, although rare, complications did occur. Patients who have had a POP may experience:
- Mesh becoming exposed or protruding out of the vaginal tissue (erosion)
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Organ perforation from surgical tools
- Urinary problems
- Recurrence of the prolapse and/or incontinence
Are you suffering from any of these complications resulting from transvaginal mesh surgery? If so, you may be entitled to compensation.
Determining the Right Attorney to Handle Your Pelvic Mesh Case
Finding an attorney with a strong record of success can be difficult. In fact, locating a qualified attorney can feel overwhelming. Although an internet search provides more responses than imaginable, you need to ask the right questions to find the legal firm that can best represent your interests. These include asking about the firm’s prior experience and philosophy when working with clients.
Weitz & Luxenberg stands out with our superior results and ability to handle complicated medical lawsuits. In fact, we are one of the largest personal injury and mass tort plaintiffs’ firms and our attorneys successfully represent tens of thousands of individuals.
How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help
As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.
We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at (855) 428-7972. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.