In the 1990’s, doctors began using mesh implants to give extra support to a woman’s organs after organ prolapse surgery. Shortly after surgeons began using these mesh implants, the FDA began receiving a large number of complaints and problems attributable to the mesh. Most of these problems involved infection, mesh erosion, bleeding and pain. In April 2014, the FDA reclassified many mesh implants as “high-risk” and stated it would now require stricter oversight of the products.
Many injured patients have taken their cases to court. There are currently over 49.000 pending federal lawsuits against seven different mesh manufacturers. The manufacturers with the most cases are American Medical Systems, Ethicon, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Coloplast, Cook Medical and Neomedic.
Now, it has been reported that removal of the faulty mesh may not improve patient’s symptoms. A study of 214 women conducted by the University of California found that 1/3 of women who had the mesh removed still experienced moderate to severe pain. It also found that 28% of those women still experienced urine leakage on a daily basis and pain during sex.
At this point, it appears that many women will continue to suffer from mesh implants long after removal.
Please let us know if you or someone you love has experienced any problems with vaginal mesh implants. We can help.
Nathan T. Williams