Deerfield Beach POP & SUI Surgery Lawyer
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are common issues for women that were treated for years with dangerous and defective transvaginal mesh repair surgery. Our office is seeking mass tort litigation against the manufacturers of the defective mesh devices, and we want to hear from you. If you or a loved one has suffered complications following transvaginal mesh repair, call the Deerfield Beach POP & SUI surgery lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez today.
Causes of POP and SUI
Pelvic organ prolapse is common medical issue for women, especially following childbirth, menopause or a hysterectomy. POP occurs when the muscles and tissues supporting the pelvic become weak or loose. This allows one or more of the pelvic organs to drop and press into or out of the vagina. Between thirty to fifty percent of women experience POP in their lifetime.
Stress urinary incontinence is an even more common medical issue that is typically caused by childbirth or simply from age. One in six women in the United States will deal with SUI at some point during their life. Stress urinary incontinence occurs when a physical movement or activity such as sneezing, laughing, or coughing, causes an unintentional loss of urine.
Transvaginal Mesh Repair Surgery
Transvaginal mesh was designed to help fix POP and SUI conditions in women through a surgical procedure where synthetic mesh is implanted into the vaginal wall in order to strengthen it. The mesh is also used to support the bladder and urethra to prevent leakage. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved transvaginal mesh repair surgery for SUI in 1996 and for POP repair in 2002. By 2010, approximately 300,000 women in the United States had undergone transvaginal mesh repair surgery. The most common types of POP and SUI surgeries involving transvaginal mesh include:
- Bladder prolapse
- Rectal prolapse
- Uterine prolapse
- Vaginal apical prolapse
- Pubovaginal sling
- Bladder sling
- Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT)
Complications from Transvaginal Mesh Repair Surgery
The Food and Drug Administration found that transvaginal mesh, regardless of manufacturer or date of surgery, can cause major complications for its patients. Complications include the erosion of mesh into surrounding areas of the pelvis and pelvic organs and other painful side effects. Some complications are not known immediately after surgery and can take years to finally identify. The most common complications from transvaginal mesh repair surgery include:
- Back pain
- Long-term pain
- Mesh erosion
- Pain during intercourse
- Perforation of organs
- Pressure in the lower abdomen
- Urinary tract problems
- Vaginal wall erosion
Removal of a transvaginal mesh product is dangerous, painful, and costly. Recovery periods following the removal of these products can be lengthy and financially strenuous. You may be entitled to compensation for out of pocket medical expenses including additional surgery and rehabilitation costs, lost wages, emotional distress, loss of the quality of life, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Let Us Help You Today
If you are suffering as a result of POP, SUI, or complications from transvaginal mesh surgery you may be entitled to damages. Call or contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez in Deerfield Beach today to schedule a free consultation of your case.