The Horrors of Transvaginal Mesh
- July 30, 2015
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Many women all over the country are coming together to speak out against the horrors that they have endured, and still enduring, due to the complications from having a transvaginal mesh implanted into their pelvis. The mesh was created to help women, after years of childbirth, who have had their pelvic floor muscles weakened and their ligaments stretched that their organs sag, bulge, or even protrude into the vagina, which is known as Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). Women who have prolapse report that they experience pain during intercourse, have a visible bulge, and feel like something is going to fall out. Because of this, many women seek treatment for their prolapse, but the cure has become a nightmare that many women are unable to wake up from.
The transvaginal mesh was created to help women with POP, but unfortunately, it makes matters much worse. The mesh, goes through the vaginal wall and extrudes into the vagina which makes the pelvic area feel like it is on fire. The pain that comes with having a transvaginal mesh is excruciating, and many women can no longer do the basic things in life. Their lives have been stopped short and are now living a life of medical treatments. In order to get the transvaginal mesh out, surgery is necessary. One begins to think that having the mesh surgically removed it would put an end to all of their problems, but trying to remove the mesh has proven to be extremely difficult. When trying to remove the mesh from the pelvic area, which has already damaged the insides of the vagina and vaginal wall, a doctor has noted that it is like “getting rebar out of set concrete without damaging any of the surrounding water mains or electrical cables”. And with surgery, the mesh cannot be taken out altogether. Many women have had to return several times to try to remove the mesh, and some altogether live with only a part of the mesh inside their pelvis because doctors were unable to surgically remove it without damaging or hurting the woman.
The FDA approved the transvaginal mesh in 2001 without reviewing clinical data or proof of safety and efficacy. The FDA is responsible for regulating all medical devices in the US, and the way that goes about is in two ways: The manufacturer may submit evidence that their product is safe and effective, or they can submit evidence that their product is substantially equivalent to another product that is already on the market and approved by the FDA. But many of the products that are on the market have been out since as early as the 1950’s. The notion that if the first product was working well, then the second product must work just as fine as the first. But the early products that have been out in the market have been known to cause severe side effects, but because they were “grandfathered” into the new system, they are a predecessor for many new products that are not suited to be taken.
Many women who had the transvaginal mesh implanted into their pelvis, did not even know that that is what they were having put in. A woman in Tennessee was told by her doctors that she was going to have a Bladder Lift. When symptoms arose, she went to several doctors to explain her severe pain, but none could identify what the problem was. It was not until years later that she found out that it was a transvaginal mesh implanted into her pelvis that was causing all of her problems. Many doctors are prescribing and giving the mesh to women all over the country, and many women are feeling the effects of the mesh.
In the state of Texas, the law offices of Bobby Garcia are handling the cases of thousands of women who have been affected by transvaginal mesh. He has won numerous cases, and won’t stop till justice has been brought to those who have been afflicted by this product. With free consultations, his office is open to anyone seeking information and would like to know how they can file a claim against the makers of transvaginal mesh.