When a woman suffers from stress urinary incontinence, daily activities (like sneezing, exercising, and laughing) can result in involuntary bladder leakage. Although this problem is the most common type of urinary incontinence, it creates distress and negatively affects the quality of life for the women it afflicts. Boston Scientific developed the Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral sling as a treatment for SUI that uses a mesh sling implant to create additional support for the bladder and urethra. In doing so, it aims to reduce and/or eliminate bladder leakage. Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh sling implants have been linked to many serious complications by the FDA. Many of these transvaginal mesh side effects require hospitalization, medical intervention, and even revision surgery. As a result, multiple lawsuit claims have been filed against Boston Scientific and the other companies that manufacture these devices.
The transvaginal mesh complication most frequently reported to the FDA’s MedWatch program is called mesh erosion. Mesh erosion is also called mesh exposure and mesh protrusion; it occurs when the Advantage Transvaginal Sling (or other mesh device) painfully wears down the vaginal walls. In the event of mesh extrusion, a patient will need to have a second surgery in order to retrieve the bladder sling. Lamentably, many patients still experience the pain and other symptoms of mesh erosion following their revision surgery. Because the mesh breaks down into smaller pieces, many times the mesh implant can never be fully retrieved from inside the body.
Advantage Transvaginal Sling erosion is only one of several complications reported to the Food and Drug Administration. Between 2008 and 2010, nearly three thousand reports were made regarding transvaginal mesh complications. Among the reports, there were incidents of:
Many of these Advantage Sling complications necessitate expensive medical treatment, including IV therapy, revision surgery, and blood transfusions. Because these treatments can escalate quickly in cost, a bladder sling lawsuit can financially help a victim a great deal.
If you suffer from harm stemming from treatment with one of Boston Scientific’s Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling (or another form of transvaginal mesh), you may have a legal entitlement to financial damages. Contact the product liability team at the Willis Law Firm today, and you will be provided with a transvaginal mesh lawsuit case assessment completely free of charge or commitment. We are looking to help mesh victims nationwide, and you will not be responsible for legal fees unless a recovery is made.