Stephen D. Phillips to be installed as President of ITLA

Contact: Kevilee Burge
JUNE 3, 2013
(217) 789-0755

STEPHEN D. PHILLIPS, managing partner at the Phillips Law Offices in Chicago (, will be installed as the 60th President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) on Friday, June 7, 2013, at its annual convention. Phillips received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1981 and his law degree in 1985 from Loyola University School of Law. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar shortly thereafter. [Read more...]

Common Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) resulting from weakened pelvic muscles or ligaments is common in older women, and many doctors have started using surgical mesh to secure the uterus, bladder or bowel. The transvaginal procedure was considered less invasive than abdominal surgery, but now, after thousands of women have suffered serious transvaginal mesh (TVM) side effects, these practices are under increased scrutiny.

The latest 2011 data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows 2,874 reports of adverse events with surgical mesh, including:

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No Easy Fix for Transvaginal Mesh Complications

Surgical mesh has long been used for hernias, so using it to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) seemed like a logical alternative to traditional reparative surgery. Then many physicians began inserting the mesh transvaginally, since this seemed less complicated than abdominal surgery. Unfortunately, the medical establishment did not put these assumptions to the test with rigorous clinical trials. In 2010, the transvaginal procedure was used in 75,000 of the 100,000 POP mesh surgeries. That same year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began investigating reports of serious transvaginal mesh complications, some of which required women to undergo multiple corrective surgeries.

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Who Is Liable in a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?

In 2007, Dr. Cheryl Iglesia, a urogynecologist in Washington, D.C., had arranged funding for a clinical trial to compare the safety and efficacy of transvaginal mesh (TVM) versus traditional abdominal surgery in treating pelvic organ prolapse, a common condition in older women. The trial was halted in 2009 when it became apparent that the mesh was causing serious complications and was not more effective than older surgical techniques. While this trial was underway, thousands of women were getting transvaginal mesh implants. Many of them are now consulting with transvaginal mesh lawyers with questions about recovering damages for their subsequent injuries.

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Weigh Your Options: Do The Side Effects of TVM Outweigh the Good?

You’re probably aware of the potential side-effects of transvaginal mesh (TVM) for patients with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP). You may have heard about the negative consequences on the news, or perhaps you were told about a bad experience endured by a relative or friend. Your surgeon probably told you that there could be some side effects, but surgeons rarely divulge how serious the side effects can be. If you had a surgery that involved having transvaginal mesh implanted in your abdomen, you may be suffering from any of these symptoms.

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Holding Negligent Parties Responsible for Transvaginal Mesh Defects

Until recently, the treatment options for women suffering from severe prolapsed uterus were limited to hysterectomy, surgically securing the organ using ligaments, or attaching it to stronger pelvic tissue. Surgical mesh products offered a promising alternative for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair. Devices that could be introduced transvaginally seemed to be even better — until women began to have horrendous, often irreversible complications. Mesh attorneys handling injury lawsuits on behalf of these women soon realized that the responsibility for the high rate of injuries and serious side effects was often shared by many parties.

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What Causes Transvaginal Mesh Failure?

Stress incontinence. Bladder infections. Discomfort and pain, particularly with sexual activity. Reparative surgery offers relief from these common pelvic organ prolapse (POP) symptoms. However, for the past decade, doctors have been using surgical mesh to secure dropped organs, via abdominal or transvaginal surgery. Instead of being a medical breakthrough, transvaginal mesh (TVM) failure has caused pain and suffering for thousands of women.

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Should Transvaginal Mesh Be Used to Treat Prolapsed Uterus?

Surgical mesh has widespread use in reconstructive surgery and the treatment of hernias, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence. Manufacturers design products with various shapes and sizes to meet the specific purpose of the mesh. For instance, transvaginal mesh (TVM) can be shaped like a sling or hammock to securely hold a dropped organ in place.

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First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Decided for Plaintiff

Hundreds of plaintiffs have brought lawsuits against device manufacturers and medical professionals claiming compensation for injuries resulting from surgeries involving transvaginal mesh (TVM) products. In July 2012, the first of these lawsuits concluded when a California jury awarded $5.5 million in damages to the plaintiff, citing both the company that made the device and the doctor who performed the surgery. Pelvic mesh lawyers have been arguing that these unsafe devices should not have been on the market, especially after the medical community realized how risky they were.

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