Originally intended to be a routine surgical solution for common female health conditions, transvaginal surgical mesh has been linked to a host of complications and patient injuries. If you received a transvaginal mesh (TVM) implant and suffered injury as a result, you’re not alone. Already tens of thousands of women have filed lawsuits over injuries stemming from complications associated with TVM. The level of incidents reached such high levels that the FDA released a statement warning against the dangers involved in TVM implantation.
What is TVM?
TVM is short for transvaginal mesh, a surgical mesh inserted into the body. There are several types of surgical mesh but when inserted through the vagina the mesh implant is considered to be transvaginal. TVM is also commonly referred to as vaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, or a pelvic sling. TVM was created to treat certain common health conditions in women, mainly:
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
POP is a common and well-documented female health condition in which the pelvic floor muscles weaken, resulting in the shifting of one or more organs from the normal position into the vaginal canal. In more serious cases the abdomen will begin to bulge as tissue shifts around and, in extreme cases, the uterus may completely shift out from the vagina.
- Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI):
More common in women than men, SUI is the unintentional release of urine from the bladder. Physical activities like coughing, sneezing, running, laughing, or even any exertion at all may cause the muscles of the bladder to contract and urination to occur.
Tragically, TVM has been linked to a host of adverse health effects and complications leaving many patients emotionally, physically, and financially drained.
Injuries linked to TVM
TVM has been linked to a lengthy catalog of adverse health effects. Some of the more common injuries linked to TVM include:
- Urinary issues such as pain, difficulty urinating, or urinary tract obstruction
- Painful sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Recurrence of incontinence or prolapse after the procedure
- Vaginal mesh erosion through the vaginal tissue
- Injury or perforation of the bowels, bladder, blood vessels, or other internal organs
- Unexplained or neuropathic pain, discomfort
- Infection, scarring, bleeding, and other complications
If you had a TVM procedure and you think you are suffering as a result, you may be entitled to damages. An experienced Houston personal injury attorney specializing in TVM lawsuits can help you recover the damages you may be owed.
Can I Receive Damages for a TVM Claim?
If you underwent a TVM procedure and are now suffering as a result, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney who specializes in TVM claims and cases to recover your damages. There is an existing statute of limitation on the filing of TVM claims, further demonstrating the need to hire an experienced and aggressive Houston personal injury attorney with an extensive knowledge of TVM lawsuits immediately.
TVM cases can be complicated by many factors including medical staff, procedure date, manufacturer, type of injury, and hospital. Additionally, claims can become confusing as damages for pain, medical expenses, lost wages and other suffering are added in.
Contact a TVM Lawyer Today
TVM complications can leave a hugely negative impact on your life. The pain and discomfort create a barrier that prevents you from enjoying your regular lifestyle. Additionally, the original condition the TVM procedure meant to treat may still exist – even after the procedure – due to shifting and erosion.
We understand that TVM cases may be difficult to talk about. We will always treat you with the highest level of respect and will do our best to make you comfortable. At the Fitts Law Firm we have the knowledge, experience, and the passion to fight for women who have been adversely affected by TVM. Don’t let the statute of limitations run out on your claim, contact the Fitts Law Firm today for your free consultation!