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Prolapse Mesh Support Helpline for Transvaginal Mesh Complications

If you had a transvaginal mesh implant and now experience harmful side effects, you are not alone. Lisa Spitzer Msw “I spek to women daily with Transvaginal mesh complications” Jewish Lawyers Network is interested in hearing from woman who have had the surgical mesh. “Tell us your story and communicate online with other women.” Lisa Spitzer MSW who runs the Transvaginal mesh helpline has heard many “horror stories” “It is important for woman to share their stories and find a support from others ” The emotional and physical ramifications of these Transvaginal Mesh surgical implants are severe” “The helpline assits women in locating a lawyer but, there is more to this then just legal advise and filing a class action lawsuit” “Monetary damages cannot reverse some  of the life  alternating stories I am hearing” There are not only physical complications but also emotional effects. Woman are losing faith in their Doctors. Many women cannot have sexual intercourse as a result of this mesh surgical procedure  which can effect the stability of a marriage. Others canot drive a car any longer,visit and play with their grandchildren or take part in  the joys of life the mesh was promised to help with.” he following are problems linked to prolapse mesh:
  •     Bleeding
  •     Infection
  •     Mesh erosion through the vagina
  •     Organ perforation
  •     Prolapse
  •     Pain during sexual intercourse
  •     Urinary problems
  • Failure of the Procedure
  • Pain (Vagina, leg, pelvic, adbominal)
  • Infection or rejection of the graft material
  • Recurrent urinary tract infection
  • Extrusion of the mesh into the vagina causing pain, discharge, bleeding
  • Erosion of the mesh into bowel, bladder, urethra, or rectum
There have also been reports of recurring prolapse, vaginal scarring, vaginal shrinkage, and emotional problems related to the vaginal mesh. These complications often result in a patient requiring additional treatment, including surgery and further hospitalization. While these injuries can occur following surgical placement of the mesh patches, other serious complications can occur during the procedure itself, including perforation of the bowel, bladder, and blood vessels. According to the FDA, the discomfort and pain caused by these surgical  mesh patch complications diminish a woman’s quality of life.   The FDA advises doctors to warn patients of the potential for scarring, vaginal wall narrowing (in POP repair), and pain during sexual intercourse, which can result from this surgical procedure. Women are suffering and the complications require invasive and costly medical treatments including: Surgical repair requiring removal of the mesh or parts of the mesh. Often numerous surgeries are required IV therapy Drainage of hematomas or abscesses Blood transfusions Who is at risk for these complications? While any woman who received a transvaginal mesh patch is potentially at risk, certain factors may make some women more vulnerable to these injuries.  Though the specific risk factors are not completely understood, the FDA reports that the following factors may affect a woman’s risk: Overall health Type of mesh material used in device Size and shape of transvaginal mesh device Surgical technique used to implant the device Other surgeries (such as hysterectomy) Estrogen status Despite the thousands of injuries and warnings the transvaginal mesh patch remains on the market, posing serious risks to the thousands of women who will undergo POP and SUI surgery each year. Hopefully this support Helpline will increase awareness and protect women who have not had the surgery. Unfortunately the only resitution for women experiencing the complications si financial for pain,suffering and medical expense. From the stories I hear, there is not financial compensation that can justify this kind of agony.  But, perhaps it can give a sense of justice. perhaps as a group we can stand tall for better FDA guidleines for these devices in the future.

Lawyer Network Announces Vaginal mesh Online Support Group and FDA Updates

Vaginal Mesh Womens Helpline update to woman on the Vaginal mesh and FDA meeting. It is the goal of the helpline to keep Women Informed of all the new determinations of the FDA regarding the transvaginal mesh. Lawyer Network Support Group Online
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
PRLog (Press Release)Sep 11, 2011 – “The meetings continue today, but the panel already appeared to be heavily in support of an FDA plan to reclassify all vaginal mesh as Class III devices, so that medical device makers cannot fast-track approval of the devices and will have to do detailed clinical trials before being allowed to put them on the market. However, that plan would allow existing products to remain on the market.    The pelvic organ prolapse surgical mesh products, which are implanted through the vagina, are currently considered a Class II medical device, which means that manufacturers can apply for approval through the FDA’s 510(k) approval process. That process only requires that a manufacturer show that the device is “substantially equivalent” to an existing device on the market, without requiring preclinical testing. ” The various vaginal mesh products have been in the news the past few days due to the current FDA meetings with clinicians and manufacturers Because of the many Horror Stories they have heard ,Injury Lawyer Network now has an online support group for women to share their stories and get support from other women. According to Lisa Spitzer MSW” The vaginal surgical mesh complications has effected women not just physically but, psychologically. These side effects have added stress to marriages and changed the quality of life of women effected” “I have listened to so many horror stories” “Women need a support group to share their feelings and experience” “They should not be left to feel helpless and alone”.” The approval the FDA gave these companies was inadequate” says Spitzer. ,These women have suffered severely” An FDA advisory panel considering the use of trans vaginal mesh leans toward reclassifying the products as high-risk without issuing a recall. “It is Important that women involved be updated” Over 3000 Vaginal mesh patch, Vaginal Mesh lawsuits have been filed Nationwide. Injury Lawyer Network is not just lawyers interested in cases. They offer support and help to women going thru this traumatic experience
Transvaginal Mesh Reources
APOPS is  a nonprofit  organization that encourages recognition of pelvic organ prolapse in all its forms and stages and to advance understanding of this health condition and the treatments utilized for it.
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