Austin Transvaginal Mesh Implant Lawyer in Texas
In recent years, tens of thousands of women have undergone medical procedures involving surgical implantation of transvaginal mesh (TVM) to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP), and/or surgical implantation of a sling device to repair stress urinary incontinence (SUI). While SUI affects the bladder and urethra, POP refers to a sagging or bulging of internal organs which may include the vagina, bladder, uterus, rectum, bowel, and urethra. Both SUI and POP are most commonly caused by weakened pelvic muscles after pregnancy or labor.
TVM is intended to support internal organs and reduce the occurrence of POP. Unfortunately, TVMs have caused an array of complications leading thousands of women to file lawsuits and seek compensation for damages including serious injuries, medical expenses, loss of quality of life, inconvenience, lost wages, inability to have or enjoy sexual relations, loss of consortium, disfigurement interest, court cost, pain, and emotional suffering.
The most common complication has been the erosion of mesh through the vagina. Other complications include bleeding, infections, vaginal tightening, organ perforation, rejection of the mesh implant, hematomas, abscesses, pain during intercourse, and vaginal, pelvic, abdominal or leg pain. Common treatments for TVM complications may require revision surgery, IV therapy, and blood transfusions. Sadly, some severe cases are irreparable, leaving some women to face additional treatment through physical therapy or rehabilitation. Others may have to cope with permanent pain and/or disability.
Austin Transvaginal Mesh Implant Litigation Attorney in Texas
As lawsuits began to flood the nation, four key manufacturers surfaced as the leading distributors of TVMs: C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Association, and Boston Scientific.
Claims, lawsuits, and reports against C.R. Bard identified the following problematic TVM products: Avaulta, Pelvisoft BioMesh, Pelivicol Acellular Collagen Matrix, Pelvitext, Pelvilace, and Uretex.
Numerous claims were brought against Johnson & Johnson for their line of Ethicon TVM devices, specifically these Gynecare products: Prolift Pelvic Floor System, TVT System, TVT Obturator System, TVT Secure System, Prolift Anterior, Posterior, and/or Total Pelvic Floor System, and the Prolift + M Pelvic Floor Repair System.
American Medical Systems manufactures a variety of TVM products, with lawsuits filed against the following particular models: Elevate Anterior & Apical Prolapse Repair System, Apogee Vaginal Vault Prolapse Repair System, Perigee Transobturator Anterior Prolapse Repair System, SPARC Sling System, Monarc Subfascial Hammock, MiniArcPrecise Single-Incision Sling, MiniArc Single-Incision Sling.
Boston Scientific is involved in lawsuits regarding these products of issue: Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System, Pinnacle Posterior Pelvic Floor Repair Kit, Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System, Polyform Synthetic Mesh, Prefyx Mid U Mesh Sling System, Prefyx PPS System, and Uphold Vaginal Support System.
Between 2005 and 2010, almost 4,000 injuries were reported in direct association with TVM products. If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to a defective transvaginal mesh implant, contact Shaw Cowart LLP at 512-499-8900 so our team of legal professionals can provide you with the experienced representation you need to win just compensation for your losses.