A transvaginal mesh is a surgical procedure in which a plastic mesh is implanted in women in order to correct urinary incontinence, or an overactive bladder, and ease pelvic organ prolapse–when a pelvic organ drops and pushes against, or even protrudes through the walls of the vagina. Typically women experience pelvic organ prolapse because of complications from previous surgeries, or more likely, from strain during childbirth.
Many of the women who have had a transvaginal mesh implant have experienced severe complications. There are currently 49,000 pending lawsuits filed against transvaginal mesh manufacturing companies; the companies face several charges, including intentionally misleading the FDA, the public and their customers, failing to properly test their products for risks before selling, failing to establish safe removal methods, and failing to warn consumers of all of the potential risks.
Thousands of women have suffered from painful injuries caused by their trans vaginal mesh implants, and they aren’t the only victims. Men have also experienced serious, painful injury.
If the mesh had eroded or become exposed, men engaging in sexual intercourse with women who have undergone the procedure suffered debilitating pain, cuts and abrasions to their genitals, and may thus have their own grounds for a lawsuit.
Men and women married to the injured woman should also consider the extent of the damages inflicted upon their marriage. There may also be potential to claim a loss of consortium, or suffering from their spouse’s injury because of the effect of that injury on the marriage unit, depending on how greatly it changed the quality of their relationship.
Malfunctioning transvaginal mesh products are harmful to both partners, and thus the manufacturers should be held accountable for both partner’s suffering. Exploring all the options available for compensation for emotional and physical damages is certainly worth spending the time. For more information on resources available, as well as an index of lawsuits filed for this claim, check out drugwatch.com.