Boston Scientific Mesh Recall Overview
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Age, childbearing, and other medical conditions can lead to a condition experienced by thousands of women known as pelvic organ prolapse, or POP.
POP occurs when pelvic organs such as the bladder, small intestine, and rectum move from their normal position to "prolapsed" into the pelvic cavity, placing pressure on the vagina and other organs.
This can lead to discomfort and other complications. Many women experiencing POP also experience another condition known as SUI, or stress urinary incontinence.
This occurs when pressure on the bladder causes a woman to lose control of her urinary flow, especially when additional stress is placed on the bladder, as when sneezing or coughing. These conditions, while not life-threatening, are often very troublesome and reduce quality of life for many women.
In an attempt to treat POP and SUI, many manufacturers, including Boston Scientific, have offered a surgical solution known as transvaginal mesh treatment, or TVT. In a TVT procedure, a small piece of mesh is surgically placed to hold the pelvic organs in place, resulting in a cessation of the symptoms of POP and SUI. For many women, TVT seemed an answer to prayer, and thousands of these procedures were performed after the introduction of this type of treatment.
However, not long after TVT became a widely-used procedure, side effects emerged which cast doubt on the wisdom of using this method of treatment. Some of these side effects were very serious, such as vaginal mesh absorption or erosion through vaginal tissue into the bladder or rectum, and bone and hip infections; other side effects included inflammation, bowel perforation and bleeding, painful sexual intercourse, and recurrence of POP and SUI symptoms.
Due to these complications, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in October, 2008, which warned doctors and patients about more than 1,000 reports of adverse reactions currently on file. In 2011, the FDA added to its report by stating that complications from TVT procedures were very high in number, and that other procedures could provide equal relief from POP and SUI symptoms.
In spite of these warnings, neither Boston Scientific nor any other transvaginal mesh producers have chosen to remove their products from the market, and doctors are still using these appliances in the treatment of POP and SUI. Thousands of women have suffered complications from these procedures ranging from minor to serious.
If you are one of those women, it is time to take control of your situation by contacting a personal injury attorney to discuss your case. Transvaginal mesh lawsuits have already been filed by several plaintiffs, both of the class-action and individual type.
A professional personal injury lawyer can assess your case and determine the best way for you to file for injuries experienced due to this procedure. You must file in a timely manner in order to preserve your right to collect damages. Talk to an expert personal injury attorney today; delay may cost you money which is rightfully yours due to your medical complications from transvaginal mesh treatment.