Women who are experiencing complications caused by transvaginal mesh or bladder slings should act to preserve their legal rights against manufacturers, Beasley Allen Law Firm shareholder Leigh O’Dell warns. The law places time limits by which claims must be filed.

For most states, there is a two-year statute of limitations, meaning that women have two years from the time they began to have problems or from the time they learned of the dangers of transvaginal mesh. Therefore, women who are having difficulties as a result of transvaginal mesh should seek legal counsel without delay to learn what their rights are.

Transvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh or bladder slings, are surgical mesh products that are used to treat common pelvic floor disorders in women as a result of age, childbirth or weight gain, such as pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. The devices have been used since the late 1990s, and unfortunately, reports of complications have since poured into the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adverse event data base.

Complications with transvaginal mesh include mesh erosions, mesh extrusions, chronic pain, chronic infection, perforation of pelvic organs such as the bladder or rectum, painful intercourse, injuries to the nerves, scarring, loss and disfigurement of the vulva and vagina. In some cases, women have died from mesh complications.

In July 2011, the FDA issued a public warning that complications with transvaginal mesh were not uncommon. “For many women and their physicians, this was the first time they understood the dangers of transvaginal mesh,” O’Dell explains.

Women who have had transvaginal mesh implanted and have experienced problems – even years after the device was implanted – should not hesitate to speak out. They are not alone. Complications with transvaginal mesh are widespread. It is not the fault of the doctors. The burden rests on the pharmaceutical companies that designed the products without fully testing them for safety and efficacy.

If you have had a procedure to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence in which mesh was placed transvaginally, and are experiencing or have experienced problems, now is the time to learn more about how to vindicate your rights against these medical device manufacturers.

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