Concluding the three-part blog An Overview of Defective Medical Devices, the following is some additional information regarding some medical devices that have recently garnered much public scrutiny as a result of the serious risks they pose to patients. While Parts 1 and 2 of this blog discussed the da Vinci surgical robot and metal-on-metal hip implants, respectively, here in Part 3, we will focus on discussing the alleged problems with bladder mesh slings, such as those manufactured and marketed by Ethicon, Coloplast, American Medical Systems and Cook.
Bladder Mesh Slings
Bladder mesh slings, which are also referred to as transvaginal mesh or vaginal mesh, are devices that have been implanted in women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary continence (conditions which commonly arise after having given birth). Although vaginal slings can support the organs in women’s pelvic region, they have, however, been reported to cause a number serious complications, some of which include:
- Pelvic and urinary pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Erosion of the vaginal lining
- Puncturing of the blood vessels and/or organs surrounding the mesh implant.
In fact, reports of problems with vaginal mesh slings became so numerous that the FDA initiated its own probe into the alleged complications. In 2011, the FDA reported that it had found that about 10 percent of patients with mesh slings have experienced or would develop severe injuries. Additionally, the FDA stated that many of these women would need to have at least one surgery to treat their serious mesh sling injuries.
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