Sofradim, a Massachusetts-based medical device company, has recently gained national attention due to the injuries that some women have experienced after using its transvaginal mesh patch systems.
Transvaginal mesh devices are surgically implanted systems that support vaginal walls damaged by injury, surgery and/or childbirth. For most women, these mesh patches can successfully treat incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition in which the bladder, bowels and other lower abdominal organs fall out of place due to lack of support from the vaginal walls (or pelvic floor).
In rare cases, however, women can develop severe, potentially fatal transvaginal mesh side effects. To date, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 1,000 patient reports regarding serious transvaginal mesh injuries.
Brand Names of Harmful Sofradim Mesh Patches
The following are the specific brand names of Sofradim-made mesh patches that are known to cause serious injuries:
- Pelvetex Polypropylene Mesh Patch
- Uretex Pubovaginla Sling
- Uretex Pubovaginla Support Kit
- Uretex TO Avaulta BioSynthetic System
If you are thinking of using one of the above devices, be sure to talk to your doctor about:
- your complete medical history
- your risk of developing transvaginal mesh side effects
- alternative options for treating your incontinence and/or POP
Women who opt for a mesh system implant should visit their doctors regularly to closely monitor their health.
Types of Transvaginal Mesh Injuries
Regardless of the specific type of transvaginal mesh system, women using these devices are at risk of developing any of the following side effects:
- infection, which can spread to the blood and become life threatening
- internal bleeding
- internal punctures, particularly in the bladder, bowels and blood vessels
- renewed incontinence or POP
- vaginal erosion, namely in the outer lining of the vagina (known as the epithelium)
Mesh patch users who develop the following symptoms will need emergency medical care to treat their severe transvaginal mesh injuries:
- abdominal pain
- blood in urine (hematuria)
- nausea and/or vomiting
- rapid heartbeats
- frequent, painful urination (or an inability to urinate despite persisting urges to do so)
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Following medical treatment, affected women should meet with a personal injury lawyer who specializes in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Most of these women will have a case against Sofradim and will be entitled to monetary compensation for their injuries.
To encourage injured women to pursue their cases, experienced transvaginal mesh lawyers:
- Offer free consultations, during which prospective plaintiffs can find out if they have a provable legal claim
- Work on contingency, meaning plaintiffs don't have to pay for legal services until they win their case.
Those who choose to pursue their case with the help of a transvaginal mesh lawyer will benefit from:
- A network of experts that can help them prove their case, as most attorneys have established connections with medical professionals who can verify health problems when expert testimony is needed
- Help dealing with Sofradim's corporate lawyers
- Professional representation in court, mediation and/or arbitration
Have you or a loved one been injured after using a transvaginal mesh patch? If so, contact a transvaginal mesh lawyer today to talk to an experienced transvaginal mesh attorney who will thoroughly evaluate your case and fight to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
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