Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer Applauds PBS Program Questioning FDA’s Approval of Pelvic Mesh Products

John J. Driscoll of The Driscoll Firm, P.C., says the March 22 episode of PBS’ “Need to Know” put a face on the thousands of women alleging harm by use of surgical mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse and / or stress urinary incontinence.

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Lawyer reviewing transvaginal mesh claims

John J. Driscoll

This PBS program puts a face on the women who are dealing with the debilitating side effects that are alleged to be caused by these mesh products.

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) March 26, 2013

Defective medical products lawyer John J. Driscoll today applauded PBS for airing a program about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s process for approving medical devices – specifically surgical mesh that is used to treat women with pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.

On PBS’ March 22 episode of “Need to Know,” medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay examined whether the FDA’s medical device review process is adequately protecting the public. The program specifically focused on pelvic mesh products, which are also known as “transvaginal mesh” or TVM, and women who say they have become disabled after surgical implantation of the devices.

A short summary of the “Need to Know” episode available online features a woman who was diagnosed seven years ago with pelvic organ prolapse (POP), “a condition hundreds of thousands of women face.”

At the advice of her doctor, she had pelvic mesh implanted. However, she began to suffer severe pain immediately after the surgery, according to PBS.

“This PBS program puts a face on the women who are dealing with the debilitating side effects that are alleged to be caused by these mesh products,” Driscoll said.

“At our firm, we know these women through our own work to help them obtain compensation for their medical expenses and for the pain they have faced. It is important that PBS has brought broader exposure to this issue.”

The Driscoll Firm, P.C., is a nationally recognized personal injury firm that focuses on complex civil litigation in areas that include defective medical products and dangerous pharmaceuticals. The firm is currently focused on alleged transvaginal mesh injuries.

Transvaginal mesh devices were approved for the U.S. market through the FDA program that allows manufacturers to declare a new device is “substantially equivalent” to a device already on the market.

However, in a July 2011 safety communication entitled, "FDA Update on Serious Complications Associated with Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse," the FDA warned patients and medical providers about various complications associated with TVM implants after receiving numerous injury reports.

According to the FDA, the most frequently reported complications include mesh becoming exposed or protruding from vaginal tissue (known as erosion), pain, infection, bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse, organ perforation, and urinary problems.

Driscoll encouraged women who believe they have been harmed by transvaginal mesh implants to visit his firm’s website, SettlementHelpers.com, to learn more about their legal rights and options.

About The Driscoll Firm, P.C.

The Driscoll Firm, P.C., is dedicated to fighting for the rights of people and families injured by the wrongful acts of individuals and companies. The firm is currently investigating national injury claims involving product liability, defective drugs, dangerous medical devices, medical malpractice, car accidents, premises liability, spinal cord injuries, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, Erb's palsy and other circumstances that have caused serious injury or death. The Driscoll Firm, P.C., is based at 211 N. Broadway, 40th Floor, St. Louis, MO, 63102, and serves clients nationwide. To learn more, call (800) 305-9800 or use the firm’s online contact form. All initial consultations are free and confidential.