The use of transvaginal mesh, like Boston Scientific’s Arise, in the treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse has recently come under fire by the US Food & Drug Administration after repeated incident reports suggesting that they come with an unacceptable high risk of complications. According to the most recent FDA statement (issued 7/13/2011), using mesh to treat POP introduces new risks that are not present in other forms of treatment, and that transvaginal mesh (like Boston Scientific’s Arise) does not provide any benefits when compared to other types of treatment. For this reason, many female patient who are suffering adverse complications following mesh treatment are pursuing lawsuits against the manufacturers of such devices.
Arise was manufactured by Boston Scientific to surgically treat the condition of Pelvic Organ Prolapse, which will affect 30-50% of adult women at some point in their lives. POP occurs when tissue in the pelvic area weakens and this causes organs in that area to apply pressure on the vaginal walls. This can result in bladder control issues, and even possibly bowel control issues as well. The “Arise” vaginal mesh system is implanted surgically to provide additional support to the weakened tissue and alleviate unpleasant symptoms. Boston Scientific also produces other mesh systems including:
Unfortunately, according to the FDA, the risk of complications is increased with any use of transvaginal mesh devices rather than one particular brand or model.
Transvaginal mesh, like Boston Scientific’s Arise, has been linked to a wide range of very unpleasant and debilitating complications. The most common complication, mesh erosion, occurs when the mesh pushes its way through the vaginal walls. Mesh erosion necessitates expensive surgical removal of the device from the body, and in some cases the mesh breaks into multiple pieces which requires additional surgeries to correct. Other potential complications of using Boston Scientific’s Arise include: vaginal bleeding, chronic vaginal discharge, urinary incontinence, pain during intercourse, infection, and even organ perforation. The severity of these complications and the associated expense prompt many dissatisfied patients to pursue litigation.
If you have been treated with Boston Scientific’s Arise mesh system or other transvaginal mesh device and are experiencing any of the above complications, please call the Willis Law Firm today. The complications associated with transvaginal mesh can be both financially and physically damaging to experience. For this reason, a transvaginal mesh lawsuit may be a good option for you in seeking compensation. We understand that these can be sensitive issues to discuss, so we have female consultants trained to discuss your potential case confidentially. Also, we work on a contingency fee basis which means that you will never be charged unless we successfully recover damages.