For decades, synthetic mesh manufacturers have been selling their product to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Major medical device companies are involved including Ethicon (a Johnson & Johnson company, Boston Scientific, Bard, American Medical Systems and Coloplast. Most of these products are made of a plastic called polypropylene.
Unfortunately for the hundreds of thousands of women who have had these products implanted into them, polypropylene can shrink, erode, fray and migrate. Internal organs can be pierced and nearby nerves damaged. These injuries often cause serious and life changing adverse health complications including chronic irretractable pain in the pelvic region, worsening incontinence and painful intercourse or dyspareunia.
Michael Hibner, M.D. is Director of Surgery and Pelvic Pain at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Phoenix and explains the cause of the debilitating pain and physical dysfunction is commonly unrecognized.
“Pain is one of the most common complaints that gynecological patients have. For many years this was not necessarily recognized by the gynecological community. Gynecologists or gynecological surgeons were there to treat all the problems other than pain. Women that were presenting with pain were considered complainers or fakers. I think our practice, probably more than many other practices, helped change that.”
Health complications including pain that occur secondary to the implantation of a synthetic vaginal mesh often require surgical intervention and ongoing therapies. Patients who suffer from serious adverse events should not wait but need to seek timely and specialized medical treatment.
Dr. Hibner emphasizes that “In patients who have developed symptoms after placement of mesh, it is very important to get to a right provider. The longer they wait, the more severe their pain gets. With every day, it becomes more and more difficult to treat them.”
In addition to medical care, women suffering from a failed mesh need adequate legal representation pursuing a potential case against the device manufacturer. In trials across the country, juries have rendered verdicts in favor of the plaintiff and awarded compensation. Other women have participated in a mass tort settlement. Today, there are still those who have not yet taken action. Now is the time for them to determine if they have a case of their own.
Dr. Greg Vigna, founder of Vigna Law group, along with a team of top trial lawyers is committed to providing for his clients the best legal representation, excellent medical insight, vital medical care planning and critical information concerning transvaginal mesh complications and treatment.
“My clients have legal remedies available to them and deserve their day in court. They have the right to pursue financial compensation for the damage done to them and their families which was caused by these defective and dangerous medical devices.”
Greg Vigna, MD JD
Founder – Vigna Law Group