Fort Lauderdale POP & SUI Surgery Lawyer
Although considered safe when first performed in the 1990s, we now know that surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can be extremely dangerous and lead to disastrous results for women when surgeons use transvaginal mesh. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued multiple warnings about the dangers of vaginal mesh and patients may be entitled to damages for complications caused by its use.
At Leifer & Ramirez, our Fort Lauderdale POP & SUI surgery lawyers are pursuing mass tort litigation against the manufacturers of defective transvaginal mesh to ensure that our clients are given the compensation they deserve. If you have experienced serious complications following POP or SUI surgery, you may also qualify for compensation. Call the office or contact us today for a free review of your claims.
What is POP and SUI?
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a relatively common condition for women, affecting between 30 to 50 percent of all women in the United States. It most commonly occurs following childbirth, menopause, or a hysterectomy. The pelvic floor is weakened, which causes the pelvic organs to shift and prolapse into the vagina. This can cause of a number of painful symptoms, including bleeding, pain, incontinence, and pain during sexual intercourse.
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is most commonly caused by childbirth and aging. Up to one in six women will develop SUI over the course of their lifetime. SUI is the unintentional loss of urine, which occurs when a physical movement or activity places stress on the bladder. Coughing, sneezing, laughter, running, and heavy lifting can all trigger SUI.
Use of Transvaginal Mesh
Doctors and surgeons began using transvaginal mesh in POP procedures in the 1990’s and in SUI surgeries in 2002. By 2010, over 300,000 women received POP or SUI surgery, with over one-quarter of procedures utilizing transvaginal mesh. These procedures include:
- Bladder prolapse
- Rectal prolapse
- Uterine prolapse
- Vaginal apical prolapse
- Pubovaginal sling
- Bladder sling
- Tension free vaginal tape
In 2016, the FDA reclassified transvaginal mesh from a moderate risk medical device to a high-risk medical device in the use of these procedures. Research has shown that transvaginal mesh can cause a number of serious complications for its patients. The most common complications from the use of transvaginal mesh in POP and SUI surgeries include the following:
- Mesh erosion
- Pain during intercourse
- Organ perforation
- Urinary tract problems
Most of these complications require additional medical treatment, follow up, and oftentimes another surgery to correct the problems. This also means additional medical costs for the patients and time off from work, which leads to lost wages. Our attorneys are working hard to secure compensation for our clients that have been harmed by the use of transvaginal mesh.
Contact a POP & SUI Lawyer Now
If you or a loved one has suffered complications arising from the use of transvaginal mesh in POP or SUI surgical procedures you may be entitled to compensation from the medical device manufacturers. Call or contact the attorneys in Fort Lauderdale at Leifer & Ramirez today to schedule a free consultation of your case.