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Surgical mesh is used to support damaged or weak tissue within the body. The mesh is often made from synthetic materials, such as polypropylene or polyester, though there are animal products for certain situations. When made of synthetic materials, this medical device is non-absorbable and considered a permanent implant.
Surgical mesh, particularly vaginal mesh, has the potential to be a necessary treatment for many injuries and conditions. However, it has caused many women debilitating complications. The harmful side effects arising from vaginal mesh have become serious and common enough that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now considers it to be a high-risk, Class III medical device, which requires pre-market approval.
If physicians implanted vaginal mesh or a mesh sling to treat a medical condition, and you have experienced serious side effects as a result, contact us at Kisling, Nestico & Redick right away. Depending on your situation, you may have a product liability claim against the maker of the mesh implant.
Surgical mesh is not inherently for gynecological issues, though it is commonly used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women.
Transvaginal mesh and transabdominal mesh are often used to treat POP, a condition in which the bladder, uterus, or rectum descends into or through the vagina. Moreover, mesh slings are used to treat SUI, a condition that arises when certain activities cause urine to leak out of the urethra.
Though vaginal mesh is intended to correct a medical condition, it often causes injuries of its own. The edges of the synthetic mesh can lacerate or puncture nearby organs, such as the uterus, bladder, or bowels. Other common injuries result from the mesh migrating throughout the body, leading to lacerations and internal puncture wounds.
The results of these complications include:
The mesh can significantly increase your risk of infection. This is partially due to its ability to cut or pierce other tissue and partially due to the type of material, which can foster bacteria. If an infection is not quickly diagnosed and treated, it may spread throughout the body and may result in death.
Many of the potentially debilitating complications associated with vaginal mesh do not present themselves right away. It may take months or more than a year for complications to occur or for the symptoms to become noticeable. However, this delay in diagnosis and treatment can exacerbate the injuries.
Making matters worse, mesh slings and vaginal mesh can become extremely difficult to remove months or years after implantation. Over time, the surrounding tissue can thoroughly connect to the mesh. While this is helpful if the mesh remains in place or does not cause complications, it also makes it extremely challenging to remove the mesh if it is causing harm.
In this case, women will have to go through multiple procedures attempting to correct the issue while still treating their underlying condition. In addition to the pain of multiple surgeries, each procedure also carries with it its own risks such as hospital-acquired infections.
If you suffered complications from surgical or vaginal mesh, you should speak with our legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick about a product liability claim.
You may have a valid legal claim against the mesh manufacturer based on the medical device being defective in some way. It may be that the mesh has a design defect because it was not designed to be as safe as possible while remaining effective. If your injury is related to the material used to create the mesh, this may relate to a design defect as well.
You may have been harmed due to a manufacturing defect if the mesh you received was not manufactured in adherence to the product’s design specifications. Additionally, your product liability claim could be based on a lack of appropriate warnings regarding the product’s risks.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we have decades of experience in handling product liability claims based on defective and dangerous medical devices. After listening to your story and reviewing your medical history, we can advise you on whether you have a valid product liability claim and discuss your next steps.
If you have a legal claim and you wish to move forward with it, we will guide you through the legal process every step of the way. Throughout this journey, we will always protect your rights and fight for you to receive the most compensation possible for your injuries, which may include:
We will thoroughly review with you every aspect of how this device and the complications have impacted your life. We understand these types of complications can seriously affect your life, and we will ensure we do not miss anything in valuing your claim.
It is devastating to have a medical device intended to cure a painful and embarrassing condition hurt you. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we are here to help. You deserve to hold a medical device manufacturer responsible for its defective and dangerous product. You deserve to receive compensation for what you have gone through.