What is Transvaginal Mesh? Frequently Asked Questions about TVM

What is transvaginal mesh used for? Am I in danger? Experienced attorneys answer your questions.

Located in downtown Chicago, Phillips Law Offices has been helping victims of dangerous product medical malpractice and their families for more than 65 years. If you have been seriously injured as a result of a transvaginal mesh (TVM) surgical implant, we know you have a lot of questions. We are here to help.

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Phillips Law Offices stands ready to pursue compensation on your behalf if you have been harmed as a result of a transvaginal mesh implant. Contact our Chicago office online or at (312) 346-4262 for a free consultation with an experienced products liability lawyer.

Who makes transvaginal mesh implants?

The primary manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products are:

  • American Medical Systems
  • Boston Scientific
  • Bard
  • Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon)
  • Coloplast
  • Caldera Medical
  • Cook Medical
  • Tyco Healthcare

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I am not sure if my doctor used a transvaginal mesh implant. What are some of the product names?

Transvaginal mesh products go by a wide array of names, including:

  • Advantage
  • Align
  • Apogee
  • Avaulta
  • Bio-Arc
  • Desara
  • Elevate with IntePro
  • Gynecare
  • Gynemesh
  • Influence In-Fast
  • In-Fast Ultra
  • IntePro Y Sling
  • Intexen
  • IVS
  • Lynx
  • Mini-Arc Sling
  • Monarc Subfascial Hammock
  • NovaSilk
  • Obtryx
  • Pelvicol
  • Pelvilace
  • Pelvisoft
  • Pelvitex
  • Perigee
  • Pinnacle
  • Posterior Uphold
  • Prefyx
  • Prolene Mesh
  • Solyx
  • Sparc
  • Stratisis
  • T-Sling
  • Uretex

What is this mesh made of?

Transvaginal mesh products may be made of polyester, human dermis, animal tissue or polypropylene — the component most common in many of the dangerous devices. Polypropylene was once thought to be inert, but its erodible nature is the cause of great pain and other negative side effects for many women with TVM implants.

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Whom can I sue in a TVM lawsuit?
You may be able to sue a number of parties if you have been harmed due to a TVM implant. If the product itself has caused you injury because of a defect, you can sue the manufacturer and any other parties associated with its distribution.

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Why do you need my medical records?

Pathology is a critical element of a TVM lawsuit. The records relating to your surgery may reveal important facts if your chart contains the product’s implant sticker, which identifies the manufacturer and the product’s name, model number and lot number. Your chart may also indicate whether there were any complications during the procedure.

If you do not already have copies of your medical records, our attorneys can send preservation letters to hospitals to protect and obtain these files.

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Were any steps taken by the manufacturers to reduce the effects of complications resulting from TVM implants?

No, and the potential for a woman’s body to reject the mesh implant was a risk manufacturers were aware of from the outset. They failed to develop a mechanism for repairing implants and actually released products that are often impossible to completely remove. There has currently been no official vaginal mesh recall proposed.

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Can I file a lawsuit even if a product is still on the market?

You can and should. It can take years for unsafe products to be recalled from the marketplace. Delaying a lawsuit until after a product is recalled may actually make it impossible for you to file if you have missed your state’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims.

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What are some alternative treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) my doctor could have suggested or used?

Alternatives to the use of transvaginal mesh during the treatment of POP include:

  • Kegel exercises, which strengthen pelvic muscles and reduce the pressure placed on the muscles
  • The implantation of a pessary, a plastic device used to prevent organs from dropping and provide support
  • Lifestyle changes, such as becoming more physically fit
  • Surgery repairing the vaginal wall, the bladder, the urethra, the rectum or the small bowel (depending on the organ causing your POP)

The implantation of transvaginal mesh should have been a last resort.

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How much will this lawsuit cost me?

Nothing at its outset. The vaginal mesh attorneys at Phillips Law Offices operate on a contingency fee basis so you are not responsible for costs associated with your case unless we reach a successful settlement or verdict. We are then paid a percentage of the total settlement.

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