Some women, whether due to hormone changes, a difficult baby delivery or delivery of a large baby, experience pelvic organ prolapse (which is when the uterus or bladder sinks into the vaginal cavity where it is not supposed to be. Sometimes OBs will prescribe hormone medications in an attempt to strengthen the vaginal muscles and hold the pelvic organs in place where they should be. When this doesn’t work, sometimes surgery is required.
Implantable devices, called transvaginal meshes, are plastic devices that are inserted into the pelvic region with stitches. Sometimes these devices are used not for pelvic organ prolapse but for hernia repair instead. The mesh devices (sometimes called organ “slings”) are causing dangerous side effects which are causing the FDA (federal drug administration) to evaluate whether or not these devices are safe for public use.
Many different manufacturers make these devices, including: Bard, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, and Johnson & Johnson. The meshes and slings may erode and move through the internal tissue of the woman, the can cause urinary problems, painful sexual intercourse, generalized pain, infections, and dangerous bleeding. When the symptoms start and the product problem is discovered, surgery is usually required to correct the situation. However, sometimes the device cannot be removed, causing permanent issues for the woman.
A St. Louis, Missouri injury attorney handling transvaginal mesh and bladder sling cases will know the proper steps to take to properly protect those injured by these dangerous devices.