In 2008, the FDA issued its first statement regarding the potential risks associated with the use of transvaginal mesh slings, like Boston Scientific’s Advantage sling. In July of 2011, the FDA amended their previous alert and labeled transvaginal mesh complications as “not rare,” as well as formally stating their intention of assessing and working to investigate ways to improve the safety of these treatment devices. All transvaginal mesh products, including the Advantage Sling, are currently being evaluated due to their high incidence of adverse effects following treatment. These adverse effects are also reflected in the high number of lawsuits being filed against the makers of mesh products like Boston Scientific’s Advantage Sling.
Boston Scientific developed their Advantage sling as a surgical treatment for the problems of Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolpase, two common medical issues that primarily affect women. Although somewhere between thirty and fifty percent of women will experience the sinking of pelvic organs that characterize POP, only two percent will actually develop problematic symptoms. In both POP and SUI, the Boston Scientific Advantage Sling repairs and reinforces damaged tissue in order to lift pelvic organs and eliminate the pressure that results in symptoms.
Unfortunately, treatment with Boston Scientific’s Advantage sling is not always a permanent solution to pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Some patients have reported that transvaginal mesh has actually led to the reoccurrence of their initial bladder control issues. While this is definitely a distressing experience, there have also been many complaints filed with the FDA citing that the sling has protruded through vaginal walls. This type of incident is most commonly called “mesh erosion,” but is also referred to as “mesh extrusion.” Advantage Sling erosion requires at least one additional surgical procedure to remove the device, but can also require repeated invasive surgeries if the sling has broken down into multiple pieces.
Symptoms of a serious complication with transvaginal mesh, like Boston Scientific’s Advantage sling include:
If you or a loved one is suffering from severe complications linked to the use of Boston Scientific’s Advantage Sling, or similar device, you may be a good candidate for a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Please contact the Willis Law Firm today. We are currently reviewing transvaginal mesh sling cases nationwide, and have female consultants ready to the sensitive issues regarding your potential case.