A surgically implanted medical device is left inside a patient for a specific amount of time for a certain health benefit. One type of surgically implanted medical device is called a transvaginal mesh device.

What Is a Transvaginal Mesh?

“Transvaginal mesh” actually refers to the type of surgical technique surgeons use to implant the mesh through a woman’s vagina. The mesh is made of polypropylene, which is a type of plastic. The plastic mesh is inserted via the vagina or abdomen.

Why Is the Mesh Used?

The device was created to permanently repair stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. The latter condition occurs when the pelvic muscles become weak and allow the bladder, uterus, and rectum to drop into the vaginal area. Both conditions can occur after:

  • Childbirth
  • Hysterectomy
  • Menopause

What Are the Side Effects of a Transvaginal Mesh?

A woman’s organs and vaginal walls can erode within weeks or months after surgery. Other side effects are:

  • Extreme pain
  • Dyspareunia, or painful sexual intercourse
  • Recurrence of urinary incontinence
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Limit on a number of activities, such as walking and sitting
  • Mesh erosion
  • Infections
  • Organ perforation

Are There Different Types of Mesh Devices?

Although the most popular mesh device is the transvaginal mesh, there are other mesh devices that may be used. These mesh devices include:

  • Mini-slings
  • Trans-obturator tape
  • Tension-free transvaginal tape

Do I Have a Defective Product Claim If I Have Had Transvaginal Mesh Surgery?

It is possible for a woman who has undergone transvaginal mesh surgery to have a defective product claim. A defective product is any type of product causing injury to an individual because of a:

  • Design defect
  • Manufacturer defect
  • Marketing defect

Is a Defective Product Lawsuit the Same as a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

No. Medical malpractice is negligence on the part of a medical professional such as a doctor or surgeon. The medical care or treatment given was below the standard of care required. 

Do I Need an Attorney to Help with My Lawsuit?

Yes. A transvaginal mesh lawsuit is complicated to prove because it is based on the device being defective. Contact a products and services lawyer to assist you with your claim.