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A vaginal mesh is a semi-permeable medical device implanted in women to reinforce the structures of the lower abdomen and keep their organs in place. The device is known as a vaginal mesh because it is usually positioned through the vagina, although it can also be placed through an incision in the abdomen. Introduced in 1990 the device was designed to correct pelvic organ prolapse, a condition affecting elderly women, characterized by weakening of the pelvic muscles which allow the pelvic organs like bladder, uterus and rectum to drop into the vagina.
Although the medical device should permanently correct pelvic organ prolapse, it also has several, well known complications. Patients have been complaining about the following problems:
The most severe problems are the result of mesh erosion that occurs when the rough edges of the device cut through nearby organs. In 2011 the FDA issues a public warning regarding these severe complications women are facing. The FDA also mentioned that the complications are not related to a single brand of mesh. Currently there are several companies manufacturing vaginal meshes for the U.S. market, including Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems.
Vaginal meshes have been subjects of recall since 1999. Most recently in June 2012 Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled four its vaginal meshes, including: Prolift, Prolift+ M, TVT Secur and Prosima systems.
Women who have one of the recalled mesh types or who simply notice any pain or discomfort are advised to contact their doctors as soon as possible to prevent further damages. They can also contact an experienced product liability lawyer to discuss their chances of filing a defective medical device lawsuit.
For more information on the subject or for an initial free consultation please contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary at (305) 416-9805 or pass by the office.
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