Important Questions Surrounding the Safety of Transabdominal Meshes

The use of transabdominal meshes in patients was intended to help prevent the prolapsing of pelvic organs and floors, but so far, doctors and researchers are questioning how useful these can be  for women. There are many important questions to ask because of the potential for harmful long-term effects on the body.

There is no doubt transvaginal mesh cases are easier to win than transabdominal because all of the medical societies who are against transvaginal favor transabdominal.  But both meshes surround the vagina with polypropylene, a plastic, and can worsen a woman’s life for the many years the plastic remains in their pelvic region.  Many transvaginal mesh attorneys will not take transabdominal mesh cases.  However, Chicago attorney Tom Plouff, with a $35 million jury verdict for a transvaginal mesh case, is committed to helping women suffering with mesh complications regardless of the mode of insertion.


Transabdominal Mesh Complications


Things you need to know about are what brands or manufacturers of transabdominal meshes are there, how it affects people, and what you should do if this has affected your life? Check out what you need to know regarding lawsuits and transabdominal mesh safety.

What brands of transabdominal meshes are there?

It’s good to know what kinds of transabdominal meshes are out there. This could help identify ones you’ve had implanted, someone you know, or ones to look out for. There are different types because each brand has manufactured its own for urinal, pelvic, and rectum prolapse issues. Some of these brands of transabdominal meshes for pelvic organ prolapse repair include Caldera, Johnson & Johnson, Coloplast Restorelle Y, Ethicon Artisyn Y, and Boston Scientific Upsylon Y. There are more mesh slings that weren’t taken off the market, such as the Ethicon TVT, TVT-O, TVT-Abbrevo, and TVT-Exact. Boston Scientific also continues the use of the Advantage Fit, Lynx Suprapubic, Obtryx Transorbturator, and the Solyx. Lastly, Caldera Medical still markets the Desara, Desara SL, Desara Blue, Desara TV, and Vertessa Lite.


Transabdominal Mesh Complications

Why were transabdominal meshes not removed from market sale?

Not all surgeries involved transabdominal meshes or slings resulted in the failure of intended use, but many have, which is why the list of brands is important to look out for. Some of the issues that have been associated with transabdominal meshes are pelvic and groin pain, pain during sex, vaginal bleeding, and vaginal discharge. These issues were persistent in many people who received these procedures, which is why it’s recommended that you discuss the alternatives with your doctor. The treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is vital in women who have weakened vaginal walls, urethral function, bladder necks, and hernia support. There are alternatives to these transabdominal meshes implanted during a sacrocolpopexy procedure, which are surgical without the use of mesh. Understand the transabdominal meshes are used for POP repair, not SUI.


What do you need to know if you were affected by transabdominal mesh surgery complications?


Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit


The resulting health complications from many of these surgical procedures and the accompanying brands/manufacturers of transabdominal mesh have allowed patients to take part in lawsuits. Complciations include pelvic pain, pain with sex, pain with sitting, standing, and walking.  The removal of all transabdominal mesh is practically impossilbe.  Chicago transabdominal lawsuits are intended to recoup any monetary value for their medical hardships relating to the surgical implanting of a transabdominal mesh. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has recalled many of the meshes on the market, but many of those listed are still available and could pose a threat to personal health. Contacting a lawyer to help your case if you were affected by a transabdominal mesh surgery is a possible course of action. Many of these lawsuits are handled on an individual basis by Chicago attorney Tom Plouff.  Tom Plouff does not bring class actions but has litigated and tried product liability actions that were part of multi district litigation.

Knowing what the dangers are to you or someone you know regarding the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, and the use of transabdominal meshes, is essential to keep you safe. Knowing the brands, what your alternatives are, and recourse against medical hardships are equally valuable information.  Please contact Chicago attorney Tom Plouff if you want a free consult and more information.


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