Anyone who believes they or a family member has been harmed by a surgical mesh implant needs to find out as much information as possible about these devices as well as learn more about their legal rights and options.
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) January 14, 2012
The Maryland transvaginal mesh injury attorneys of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, have launched a new website for women who believe they have been harmed by surgical mesh devices that were implanted for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Robert K. Jenner, a Baltimore defective medical device lawyer and partner with the firm, said the website, http://www.transvaginalmeshcounsel.com, provides valuable legal and medical information about the pelvic mesh implants, which have come under increased scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
According to Bloomberg News, the FDA announced earlier this month that it had sent letters to 33 manufacturers of mesh used for POP repair and 11 manufacturers of single-incision mini-slings for SUI repair. The FDA ordered the companies to conduct post-market studies of the mesh’s safety and effectiveness.
“As the FDA has reported, there has been an alarming increase in reports of complications associated with these transvaginal mesh products, and that indicates a wide problem,” said Jenner, whose law firm represents victims of defective medical products, dangerous drugs and medical malpractice across the U.S.
“Anyone who believes they or a family member has been harmed by a surgical mesh implant needs to find out as much information as possible about these devices as well as learn more about their legal rights and options,” said Elisha N. Hawk, an attorney with the firm. “We believe our new website meets that need.”
According to the FDA, transvaginal mesh generally is implanted in a woman’s pelvic region to reinforce the weakened vaginal wall for POP repair and to support the urethra or bladder neck for SUI treatment. It is also referred to as urogynecologic surgical mesh, pelvic mesh, vaginal mesh or as a sling.
The mesh was approved for the U.S. market under the FDA’s 510(k) process, which allows medical devices to be cleared without prior clinical testing as long as the device is shown to be “substantially equivalent” in safety and effectiveness to a product already on the market.
Surgical mesh has long been used in the treatment of hernias. The mesh that has been used for the treatment of POP and SUI, however, has led to numerous adverse event reports, the FDA said.
In a July safety communication, the FDA said it had received 2,874 reports of complications associated with surgical mesh devices used to treat POP and SUI between 2008 and 2010.
The most common complication, according to the FDA, involved vaginal mesh erosion and protrusion of the mesh through the vaginal wall. The FDA said it also received reports of pain, infection, bleeding, vaginal scarring and shrinkage and emotional problems linked to the mesh.
“Although it is common for adverse event reporting to increase following an FDA safety communication, we are concerned that the number of adverse event reports remains high,” the FDA stated.
Jenner said injured patients and their families may be able to bring claims against the manufacturers of defective transvaginal mesh products. The firm’s transvaginal mesh injury website explains the details in the section, “How Our Injury Lawyers Can Help.”
“What’s important for defective transvaginal mesh victims to know is that they can get legal help,” Hawk said. “That’s why it’s crucial to contact a knowledgeable vaginal mesh injury attorney who can help them to make well-informed decisions as they move forward.”
About Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC
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