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Vaginal Mesh Urinary Problems Lawsuit [2024 Update]

Overview of the Vaginal Mesh Urinary Problems Lawsuit

On this page, we will discuss the vaginal mesh urinary problems lawsuit, urinary problems related to vaginal implants, how to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, and much more.

Lawsuits for Urinary Incontinence and Other Vaginal Mesh Complications

For many years, transvaginal mesh implants have been the go-to treatment option for many healthcare providers when it comes to addressing urinary incontinence and other complications related to pelvic organ prolapse.

Vaginal mesh implants were designed to support and reinforce weakened pelvic tissues, reducing the symptoms of these conditions and improving the quality of life for patients.

Vaginal Mesh Urinary Problems Lawsuit

Numerous complaints and data show that these mesh implants have caused more harm than good, resulting in thousands of lawsuits being filed against the manufacturers of these products.

If you or a loved one have experienced complications from a transvaginal mesh implant, you may be entitled to compensation through a vaginal mesh lawsuit.

Contact TorHorman Law using the chat on this page to see if you qualify to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit today.

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An Overview of Vaginal Mesh

Vaginal mesh implants are medical devices used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

These conditions occur when the pelvic muscles and tissues supporting the pelvic organs weaken or become damaged.

These pelvic implants are often made of synthetic materials, such as polypropylene.

Medical providers surgically implant these medical devices to strengthen the weakened pelvic organs.

Because of the structure of these mesh implants, they can help restore the anatomy of the pelvic floor and provide support to prolapsed organs, reducing symptoms such as pelvic pressure and discomfort.

Creators of these medical devices have been plagued with thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits throughout the country.

Claims of negligent product design, lack of proper warning, and poor product manufacturing have been brought against the manufacturers of these devices.

The persisting legal issue regarding the safety and effectiveness of vaginal mesh implants has been ongoing since 2008.

This problem has prompted numerous medical providers to look for alternatives to vaginal mesh surgeries and pushed the medical community to reassess the benefits and risks of using these devices for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

Understanding Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when the muscles and tissues that support the pelvic organs weaken, causing one or more of these organs to bulge or prolapse into the vaginal space.

The pelvic organs that can be affected by POP include the bladder, uterus, rectum, and small bowel.

Vaginal childbirth, particularly with large babies or multiple births, can stretch and weaken the pelvic floor muscles and tissues.

Another non-traumatic cause of POP is aging.

The natural aging process can gradually weaken pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues.

An improper hysterectomy or other pelvic surgeries could also weaken the structural integrity of the pelvic floor.

This weakening would lead to POP.

Medical providers use and combine various techniques to determine POP and its severity.

Techniques can include:

  • Physical examination: A healthcare provider may perform a pelvic exam to assess for signs of prolapse, such as bulging or descent of pelvic organs into the vagina.
  • Pelvic floor assessment: This assessment may involve measuring pelvic floor strength and assessing for any weakness or dysfunction.
  • Imaging tests: In some cases, imaging tests such as ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to visualize the pelvic organs and assess the extent of prolapse.

Understanding Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)

Another primary pelvic condition surgical mesh implants treat is stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

SUI is a type of urinary incontinence where the patient involuntarily spills or leaks urine after activities with intra-abdominal pressure, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising.

Like POP, a weakened or damaged pelvic floor could cause this condition.

Causes of SUI can include:

  • Pregnancy and Childbirth: The physical stress of pregnancy and childbirth can weaken the pelvic floor muscles and damage the nerves that control bladder function, increasing the risk of SUI.
  • Aging and Menopause: As women age, the muscles and tissues that support the bladder may weaken, contributing to SUI. Moreover, the sharp decline in estrogen levels during menopause could weaken the integrity of the urinary tract and pelvic floor.
  • Obesity: Excess weight can put additional pressure on the bladder and pelvic floor muscles, increasing the likelihood of SUI.

Urinary Problems and Pelvic Mesh

Vaginal mesh implants have been under dire scrutiny by the medical society, legal courts, and patients due to various serious complications associated with these devices.

A significant concern is the potential for urinary problems after having a vaginal mesh implant surgery.

How Do These Problems Occur?

One of the most common complications associated with vaginal mesh implants is mesh erosion, also known as mesh exposure or protrusion.

This issue occurs when the mesh material erodes through the vaginal wall or other surrounding tissues and comes into contact with nearby organs.

When the mesh erodes into the urinary tract, it can lead to irritation, inflammation, and potentially damage the bladder or urethra, causing symptoms such as pain, urinary urgency, frequency, or difficulty urinating.

This injury can pave the way for pathogenic bacteria to enter and infect the urinary organs.

What Are the Potential Urinary Problems in Transvaginal Mesh Complications?

Urinary problems are among the potential complications associated with transvaginal mesh implants.

These complications can vary in severity and may include:

  • Aggravated Urinary Incontinence: While transvaginal mesh implants are sometimes used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI), they can also paradoxically lead to or exacerbate urinary incontinence.
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Transvaginal mesh implants can increase the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
    • This condition may occur due to irritation or inflammation of the bladder or urethra and difficulty emptying the bladder, leading to residual urine and bacterial growth.
  • Voiding Dysfunction: Some individuals with transvaginal mesh implants may experience urinary urgency and frequency, which involves a sudden and compelling need to urinate, as well as an increased frequency of urination.
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria): Dysuria, or painful urination, can occur as a result of irritation or inflammation of the urethra or bladder caused by transvaginal mesh implants.
    • This symptom may manifest as a burning sensation or discomfort during urination.
  • Hematuria: Hematuria, or the presence of blood in the urine, may occur in some individuals with transvaginal mesh implants. This condition can result from irritation or trauma to the urinary tract.

Signs and Symptoms of Urinary Problems Related to Surgical Mesh Devices

Urinary problems related to surgical mesh devices can manifest through various signs and symptoms.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Inability to control the urge to urinate.
  • Incomplete bladder emptying.
  • Needing to strain or push to empty the bladder fully.
  • Burning sensation or pain during urination.
  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate.
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine.
  • Presence of blood in the urine.

What Are the Urinary Problems Related To Vaginal Implants?

Various urinary problems can stem from eroded vaginal mesh implants.

Urinary problems that can arise include:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Aggravated incontinence
  • Voiding dysfunction

Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common bacterial infection that can affect any part of the urinary tract, including the bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis), or kidneys (pyelonephritis).

UTIs occur when bacteria multiply in the urinary tract, leading to inflammation and infection.

The most common cause of UTIs is the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli), although other bacteria may also be responsible.

Some of the most common symptoms seen in UTIs are:

  • Painful urination.
  • Milky or cloudy urine with a foul-smelling odor.
  • Blood in urine.
  • Pain in the pelvic or kidney area.
  • Persistent fever.

The most common treatment for UTIs involves antibiotics to eliminate the bacterial infection.

The choice of antibiotic and duration of treatment may vary depending on factors such as the type of bacteria, the severity of symptoms, and the individual’s medical history.

Untreated or undertreated UTIs may cause a recurrence in the patient.

This repeat could lead to chronic pelvic pain or discomfort.

Some UTIs could also progress to septicemia, which is a severe infection of the bloodstream.

Aggravated Incontinence

Aggravated stress urinary incontinence (SUI) refers to a worsening or exacerbation of symptoms of stress urinary incontinence.

Aggravated SUI can occur for various reasons, including:

  • Progressive weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and tissues over time.
  • Complications or failure of previous treatments for SUI, such as pelvic floor exercises or surgical procedures.
  • Factors that increase abdominal pressure, such as obesity, chronic coughing, or heavy lifting.

In some cases, aggravated SUI may be associated with complications or adverse effects of previous interventions, such as surgical mesh implants used to treat SUI.

The diagnosis of aggravated SUI involves a comprehensive evaluation by a healthcare provider.

The tell-tale sign would most likely be the recurrence of symptoms despite the provided treatment.

An extensive review of medical history and urine volume testing aids this diagnosis.

Failure to treat SUI can have several long-term effects on an individual’s life.

The persistence or worsening of this condition could affect the patient’s daily activities, social interactions, and emotional well-being.

Voiding Dysfunction

Voiding dysfunction refers to difficulties with urination, including problems with initiating, maintaining, or completing the urinary emptying process.

This condition can manifest as urinary hesitancy, weak urinary stream, incomplete bladder emptying, or urinary retention.

Voiding dysfunction can have various underlying causes, including:

  • Neurological conditions affecting the bladder or urinary sphincter muscles.
  • Structural abnormalities of the urinary tract, such as urethral strictures, bladder outlet obstruction, or pelvic organ prolapse.
  • Medications like certain anticholinergic drugs or alpha-blockers could affect bladder function or urinary flow.
  • Psychological factors, such as anxiety or stress, can affect bladder control and voiding habits.

Voiding dysfunction can also occur in individuals who have undergone surgical procedures involving mesh implants for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.

Complications associated with mesh implants, such as erosion, contraction, or compression, can obstruct urinary flow, affecting normal bladder function.

Untreated or poorly managed voiding dysfunction can lead to complications such as urinary retention, urinary tract infections, or kidney damage, further impacting the overall health and well-being of the patient.

Understanding the Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

The implications of urinary problems brought by defective transvaginal implant devices can have severe consequences in an individual’s life.

These complications may also lead to significant financial and emotional burdens for the affected individual and their families.

Victims and family members have taken legal action against manufacturers of these devices, alleging negligence and failure to warn about the potential risks associated with their products.

What Plaintiffs Are Saying About the Transvaginal Mesh Implant

In transvaginal mesh lawsuits, the plaintiff’s party typically asserts various legal arguments to hold the manufacturers of the mesh implants responsible for the injuries and complications they have experienced.

Legal arguments used by most transvaginal mesh victims can include:

  • Negligent Manufacturing: Plaintiffs and their lawyers often allege that the manufacturer of the transvaginal mesh implant was negligent in the production process.
    • Examples of negligent manufacturing may include using substandard materials, improper assembly of the mesh device, or failure to adhere to quality control standards during manufacturing.
  • Negligent Product Design: Another legal argument the plaintiff’s party uses is the flawed product design.
    • This argument focuses on flaws in the design of the mesh device rather than manufacturing errors.
  • Failure To Warn About Complications: Another commonly used legal argument in this discourse is the lack of adequate warning.
    • This argument centers on the manufacturer’s duty to provide sufficient warnings, instructions, and information about the foreseeable risks of using the mesh implant.

Significant Lawsuits Regarding Transvaginal Mesh Implants

The legal issue surrounding transvaginal mesh has been circulating in the medical and legal domains since the early 2000s.

Most of the multidistrict litigations (MDL) against prominent vaginal mesh manufacturers have been resolved in favor of the victims.

Experts estimate that the resolved legal cases garnered over $830 million distributed among 20,000 cases.

One of the most prominent news regarding this issue was when Boston Scientific settled $189 million to resolve MDLs from 47 states.

This settlement was, by far, the largest resolution by the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh.

While the majority of the earlier MDLs are now closed, more legal actions are still being filed against mesh implant manufacturers by affected individuals.

It’s essential for those who have been impacted by transvaginal mesh complications to seek legal advice and explore their options for possible compensation.

Recalls or Warnings Regarding Transvaginal Mesh

As of April 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an effective resolution pushing vaginal mesh manufacturers to stop selling and distributing their products.

After thorough research and data analysis, the regulatory agency concluded that the risks of using transvaginal mesh implants for pelvic organ prolapse repair outweighed their potential benefits.

Medical providers are encouraged to consider alternative treatment options for their patients with pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.

TorHoerman Law: Talk to Our Experienced Transvaginal Mesh Lawyers Today

Urinary complications brought by transvaginal mesh implants can have a lasting impact on an individual’s quality of life.

If you or a loved one has experienced adverse effects from a defective mesh implant, it’s crucial to seek legal advice and explore your options for possible compensation.

At TorHoerman Law, our team of experienced lawyers is committed to fighting for the rights of victims who have suffered from transvaginal mesh complications.

Contact us today or use our chatbot to see if you instantly qualify for a transvaginal mesh lawsuit.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are Vaginal Mesh Urinary Problems Lawsuits about?

    Vaginal mesh urinary problems often include recurrent urinary tract infections, incontinence, and voiding dysfunction.

    These complications can arise from mesh erosion into the urinary tract, pelvic muscles, or surrounding tissues, causing debilitating pain and discomfort.

  • How can transvaginal mesh lead to urinary problems?

    Transvaginal mesh implants, designed to treat conditions like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, can sometimes migrate or erode through the vaginal wall.

    This erosion disrupts normal urinary function, leading to severe complications such as incontinence and recurrent infections.

  • What can a transvaginal mesh lawyer do for patients experiencing urinary problems?

    Individuals experiencing urinary problems from vaginal mesh implants can file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, pain, suffering, and potentially punitive damages against the manufacturers.

    Legal actions focus on the failure to warn of defects, negligence in device design, and inadequate instructions for safe use.

  • What should patients know before filing a vaginal mesh urinary problems lawsuit?

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued multiple warnings and regulatory updates regarding the use of vaginal mesh implants due to the high incidence of complications like urinary problems.

    The FDA oversees the safety of these devices, ensuring that adequate testing and risk disclosures are provided by manufacturers.

  • How have vaginal mesh urinary problems lawsuits impacted the medical use of pelvic mesh?

    Transvaginal mesh lawyers specialize in handling cases related to pelvic mesh complications, including urinary issues.

    They can help victims navigate the complexities of multidistrict litigation, work to secure a fair settlement or court verdict, and guide clients through the process of documenting medical treatments and proving the link between their urinary problems and the mesh implant.

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