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The serious, dire warnings of the television commercials soliciting callers for “transvaginal mesh” litigation are unavoidable. But what is “transvaginal mesh” and what is the litigation about?

The phrase “transvaginal mesh”, as it is commonly used, refers specifically to the mesh implant used in surgical procedures, performed through the vagina and commonly used to address certain afflictions including stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The latter affliction is characterized by the weakening of the pelvic floor tissues that hold nearby organs in place, including the bladder, small intestine, urethra, and rectum, among others. Mesh is implanted to correct the anatomy and add support to keep them in place. Both the mesh, and the transvaginal placement of the mesh, were intended to minimize or even alleviate the consequences of an open surgical procedure, including recovery time, pain levels, and risks of permanent damage.

Unfortunately, the intended benefits have not always been realized by the patients, the members of the public that are implanted with the products. Complications and side effects from the use of the mesh include erosion (where the mesh cuts through the vaginal wall and surrounding tissues), pain, scarring, continued/recurrent prolapse, fistulas, and a myriad of other horrific, life-altering issues. The complications occurred to such a degree that the Food and Drug Administration issued press releases in both 2008 and 2011, advising health care practitioners and consumers to be wary when considering mesh implants.

The bulk of the litigation assert product liability claims against the manufacturers, and those involved therein, claiming essentially that the products were unsafe and/or unfit for their intended purpose. Further claims may arise from any acts or omissions by the surgeon and other medical practitioners that caused or contributed to the injuries suffered by the patient.

Many times, a single set of facts or circumstances can give rise to multiple types of litigation or claims. Because some claims are worth more than others, or face limitations that others do not, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to develop of course of action that will maximize your ability to fully recover for your injuries. At Heiting & Irwin, our attorneys have over 100 years combined experience representing the interests of people who have been harmed by the actions of others. We offer free consultations, a warm and inviting office, and a friendly staff to anyone interested in speaking about a potential legal matter. If you would like to speak with someone about your circumstances, please call our office at (951) 682-6400 for a free consultation.

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