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What is Transvaginal Mesh (TVM)?

A surgical mesh is a medical device that is usually used to repair damaged human tissue. In the case of the Transvaginal Mesh (TVM), it is used primarily to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) by reinforcing and supporting a weakened vaginal wall.

The term vaginal mesh implants actually encompass two different types of medical devices, vaginal slings and vaginal mesh patches. The vaginal sling generally is a smaller piece of material. It is placed under the urethra in an operation called a mid-urethra sling. There are two types of surgeries, where the sling is placed exiting the public bone (retropubic approach) or exiting near the thigh (transobturator approach).

A problematic mesh procedure is when a vaginal mesh is placed transvaginally through incisions in the vaginal wall. Certain FDA warnings, reports, and requests for stricter clinical trials relate to vaginal meshes inserted transvaginally.

Manufacturers of the Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) Products

The most common manufacturers of Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) products include C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific Corporation, American Medical Systems, and Ethicon, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. Note that for completeness, some vaginal slings and kits designed for abdominal mesh placement are included.

American Medical Systems (AMS) products:

  • SPARC™ Sling System
  • Elevate® Anterior and Apical Prolapse Repair System

Boston Scientific Corporation products:

  • Advantage® Sling System

C.R. Bard products:

  • Avaulta Solo™ Synthetic Support System – a polypropylene mesh support
  • Avaulta Plus™ BioSynthetic Support System – a polypropylene mesh with a matrix of cross-linked collagen on one side
  • Avaulta Biosynthetic – a polypropylene mesh with hydrophyilic collagen coating
  • FasLata® Allograft
  • Pelvicol® Tissue – (Acellular Collagen Matrix)
  • PelviSoft® Biomesh – (Acellular Collagen BioMesh)
  • Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh

Johnson & Johnson (ETHICON) products:

  • GYNECARE TVT Secur™ System – uses GYNECARE
  • TVT™ mesh
  • GYNECARE Prolift®
  • Gynemesh® PS
  • Prolene Polypropylene mesh

Many of the above manufacturers, and most of their mesh products that are placed transvaginally, have already been named in litigation surrounding the defective nature of these products, and the injuries suffered by those who have been implanted with them. The FDA has received almost 3,000 reports from January 2008 to December 2010. It is likely, as extrapolated from these reports, that there are thousands more women suffering from the Transvaginal Mesh. An experienced Transvaginal Mesh lawyer would be able to help you in seeking compensation for suffering caused by the TVM.

Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

Complications or side-effects most frequently reported by the users of the Transvaginal Mesh include:

  • Mesh erosion through the vagina (exposure, extrusion, or protrusion)
  • Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Perforation or puncture of the bladder, intestines, bowels, and blood vessels around the vaginal wall
  • Recurrent Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
  • Urinary problems including Stress Urinary Incontinence
  • Vaginal Drainage
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Vaginal Scarring and Shortening
  • Vaginal Chronic Pain and Bleeding

Many of these side effects and complications often require additional and multiple surgical procedures to correct. Surgical procedures may include excision and removal of the Transvaginal Mesh device, repairing perforations or punctures, and additional revision surgeries. Despite these efforts to repair the damage caused by the Transvaginal Mesh device, often victims may continue to suffer vaginal pain and experience an impaired quality of life.

How To File A Lawsuit For Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) Injuries?

Filing a lawsuit for a Transvaginal Mesh (TVM)-related injury is possible with an experienced TVM lawyer or law firm. An experienced lawyer working for a law firm can file a Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) lawsuit against the manufacturer of the problematic Transvaginal Mesh (TVM). Usually a potential client will contact a Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) lawyer or attorney and provide factual information concerning the potential claim.

The Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) attorneys will investigate the potential claim by ordering medical records. The Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) lawyers are looking for proof of the particular mesh product that was implanted. The proof of use sought by the lawyer is generally proof that a Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) was surgically inserted and which brand or type. This usually takes form in hospital records showing that the patient had undergone such a Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) insertion surgery. The proof of injury sought by the attorney is usually contained in hospital records showing that the patient had undergone revisionary surgery or other treatments to correct a problem associated with or caused by the Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) such as mesh erosion through the vagina (exposure, extrusion, or protrusion), pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), perforation or puncture of the bladder, intestines, bowels, and blood vessels around the vaginal wall, recurrent Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) urinary problems including Stress Urinary Incontinence, vaginal bleeding, vaginal pain, vaginal scarring and shortening, vaginal chronic drainage, discharge, and infections.

The Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) attorneys can then incorporate that information into a complaint or pleading that can be filed against the particular manufacturer of the Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) for money damages. Contact experienced lawyers to learn more.

What to Expect When Filing a Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) Lawsuit or Claim / How to File a Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) Lawsuit or Claim?

A client asserting a Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) lawsuit claim should expect that she will need to have had a Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) inserted, and sometimes must have had revisionary surgery or need revisionary surgery to correct the complications and problems and side effects caused by the Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) such as mesh erosion through the vagina (exposure, extrusion, or protrusion), pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), perforation or puncture of the bladder, intestines, bowels, and blood vessels around the vaginal wall, and recurrent Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) urinary problems including Stress Urinary Incontinence.

To begin a Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) lawsuit, the Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) lawyer will file a complaint, petition or other pleading with a trial court and send a copy to the medical device manufacturer who made the Transvaginal Mesh (TVM).

Contact an experienced Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) attorney to learn more about how some cases may be settled without filing a lawsuit. Not all claims will qualify for a settlement.

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