For a woman who has suffered from pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence (loss of bladder control), one of the common surgical procedures needed is a transvaginal mesh. Those conditions can be brought on by pregnancy, childbirth, age or a variety of other factors.
Often made of materials such as polytetrafluoroethylene, polypropylene, polyester fibers or stainless steel, the mesh helps supports a number of pelvic-area organs like the uterus, bladder, vagina, urethra, rectum or bowel. The implant’s purpose is to patch the abdominal hole so intestines and other tissues can’t interfere with the wall.
However, this surgical method has been known to fail in many instances. A defective implant can lead to harmful side effects including damaged nerves and blood vessels, infection, puncture of the bladder, intestines, bowel or other organs. More complicated surgeries may be required to fix these conditions, resulting in even more pain and suffering for the affected women. The unexpected side effects have been so frequent, that the FDA has considered classifying the implant as a high-risk device (class III—it’s currently classified as a moderate-risk device, or class II). If the new classification is implemented, that would mean more testing of the mesh and human clinical trials.
The increasing amount of cases being filed against health practices which have performed unsuccessful transvaginal mesh has led to numerous class action lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been affected by this surgical procedure in the state of Massachusetts, you may be eligible to file a claim as part of a class action, or you can file a claim individually.
For many women who have undergone an unsuccessful transvaginal mesh implant, the medical costs can be daunting due to the additional surgery(ies) required to reverse the negative effects. It is extremely important for a victim or family of a victim to track any medical care received as a result of a failing implant. These records will be used to show the unfair medical costs you’ve incurred.
A Boston personal injury lawyer can help you build a legitimate case in the event you or a family member has had to suffer because of a faulty operation. The Law Office of Frank Fernandez works with many Massachusetts residents who have been harmed by a transvaginal mesh implant. As experts in this area of law, we are knowledgeable about the surgery and the potential negative side effects. The performing surgeon/healthcare practice should be held reliable in these circumstances. As a Massachusetts resident, you have certain rights and can be compensated for all damages related to the transvaginal mesh implant.
Have you or a loved one received a mesh implant? Have you experienced any of the side effects mentioned above? Let us assist you in gathering the evidence and documentation needed to help you receive the financial compensation that is rightfully owed to you.