Bladder Sling Lawsuit Settlements

by Steve Fields on July 21st, 2012

Thousands of women have received pelvic mesh (also called a bladder sling) transvaginally, and developed serious health problems after the procedure. Please contact us for updated bladder sling lawsuit settlements information if you have suffered complications. For some women, the complications have been severe, causing a marked decline in their quality of life. Several women have not been able to resolve their injuries, even after undergoing multiple corrective surgeries. As the number of reports about vaginal mesh complications continues to rise, so too does the number of vaginal mesh lawsuit claims. More than 550 cases target a single implant designed by Johnson & Johnson.

Surgical mesh is installed through the wall of the vagina to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Both conditions affect millions of women in the U.S. In July 2011, the FDA cautioned women to consider other treatment options before undergoing vaginal mesh surgery. The agency’s recommendation was made after it had received nearly 4,000 reports of complications.

Below, we’ll describe POP and SUI in detail so you’ll have a clear idea regarding how transvaginal mesh is used to correct them. You’ll also learn about the injuries suffered by women who have received these implants.

Causes And Symptoms Of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles and ligaments in the pelvic region stretch or become weak. They lose their ability to support the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, intestine, and rectum. Lacking support, some of these organs may drop from their normal positions. This causes them to press against the wall of the vagina or drop into the vaginal canal.

For example, the most common form of POP involves the bladder. Prolapse of the bladder is known as a cystocele. Normally, a wall of tissue separates the bladder from the anterior (front) wall of the vagina. If this wall weakens, the bladder will fall into the wall, bulging against it. This can cause chronic discomfort, urinary problems, bladder infections, and numerous other side effects.

Prolapse of the rectum (called a rectocele) causes a similar outcome. The difference is that the organ bulges against the posterior (back) wall of the vagina.

The uterus and small intestine are positioned above the vagina. Due to a woman’s anatomy, both organs, in the event of prolapse, fall into the vaginal canal. Both cause persistent discomfort and can result in tissue that herniates through the vaginal opening.

Surgical mesh can be implanted through the vaginal wall to correct POP. The device’s position is based on which organ has prolapsed (i.e. anterior wall for a cystocele and posterior wall for a rectocele). The implant is designed with tiny holes to encourage the body’s tissue to grow into it.

How Stress Urinary Incontinence Occurs

Stress urinary incontinence occurs when the two muscles that control the passage of urine through the urethra weaken. These muscles form the urethral sphincter. They are supposed to contract in order to seal the urethra and prevent urine from leaking. When they become weakened, urine may escape when the person’s abdomen is subjected to pressure (e.g. cough, laugh, etc.).

Pelvic mesh, or a bladder sling, can be installed through the vaginal wall to provide support for the insufficient urethral sphincter. The sling is implanted under the urethra to apply pressure that helps to keep urine contained in the bladder.

Bladder Sling Complications Following The Installation Procedure

Women in whom mesh has been implanted through the vagina have reported several serious health problems. Many have complained that the device has migrated through the wall of the vagina, a complication known as vaginal mesh erosion. In some cases, a piece of the implant can be observed in the vaginal canal.

Others have complained of vaginal bleeding, infections, and pain, all of which can stem from erosion. Mesh shrinkage has also been reported. This is a problem in which the implant contracts after it has been installed. It is associated with severe pain and suffering, both of which are worsened with movement. Some woman have developed urinary difficulties, suffered organ perforations, and been forced to cope with vaginal scarring.

When you underwent transvaginal mesh surgery for POP or SUI, you were told the device would relieve symptoms caused by either of those conditions. Instead, it introduced other complications. If this describes your situation, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages. Contact us today to discuss pursuing bladder sling lawsuit settlements.

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