Transvaginal mesh (TVM) is a medical device used mostly in recent years to treat stress incontinence. Women who have this condition may involuntarily pass urine when they laugh, cough, sneeze or lift heavy objects. Stress incontinence is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles, which may be caused by childbearing, aging or any number of combinations.
Original reports of the transvaginal mesh procedure estimated its success rate at 95 percent, but that figure has since been disproven. In fact, thousands of injuries and at least seven deaths have been attributed to the transvaginal mesh. The primary problems associated with it include infection and perforation of the bladder and other organs. The following list is just some of the serious side effects of the transvaginal mesh that have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
- Vaginal and urinary tract infections
- High fever
- Pain during intercourse
- Bladder leakage
- Back pain
- Painful bowel movements
Ironically, the bladder leakage that the transvaginal mesh was used to treat becomes worse instead of better and women end up with many new symptoms as well.
At Phillips Law Office in Chicago, we understand that you may have several questions about a possible medical malpractice lawsuit. We have a strong focus on transvaginal mesh cases, and we are here to help you sort through them and evaluate your case. You will have no upfront costs if you decide to work with our attorneys. All of the personal injury lawyers at Phillips Law Office take cases on contingency, which just means that you don't pay until we successfully settle your lawsuit. Without legal fees to worry about, you can focus your energies on recovering from this serious medical error.