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Transvaginal Mesh | Risks and Injuries Explained





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Published on May 29, 2012

Women's Health Alert: Attorney Wendy Fleishman explains risks of polypropylene mesh in treating POP or pelvic organ prolapse. The female injury attorneys at Lieff Cabraser will provide a free, prompt, confidential and no-obligation review of your claim. Contact us by phone toll free at 1 800 541-7358 or visit us on the internet at

Video transcript:

Transvaginal mesh is a surgical mesh that's made out of plastic called polypropylene. It is used in two different instances:

- One, for pelvic organ prolapse
- And the other is for stress urinary incontinence

The transvaginal mesh itself that's used is woven plastic mesh. It's now being replaced by a biologic mesh, but originally when it was first adopted and first manufactured for years in the mid-1990s through the present, many manufacturers have used what is a polypropylene mesh.

Some of the associated risks are adverse events from transvaginal mesh products, which are made of propylene mesh or plastic mesh, are that the mesh itself has caused what's called adverse incidents or adverse events in more than 1,500 women nationwide. And several deaths have resulted from very severe infections.

What has occurred is that the mesh itself erodes the tissue itself. It degrades and then it shrinks and then it erodes. It can break through the vagina. It can cause a lump -- what would feel like a lump in the entrance of the vagina.

The mesh itself can actually break through and come out into the vagina itself. It can perforate different organs that it's trying to hold in place. It can perforate the bowel, it can perforate the bladder, it can perforate the vagina wall.

In addition, it can cause severe infections, resulting in terrible hospital admissions. It can cause significant pain during intercourse, and significant pain all the time. Some women have called me and told me that they're suffering constant burning, terrible burning sensations all the time, that cannot be relieved with anything but surgery. Then when they undergo surgery, their doctors tell them because the mesh itself has embedded into the tissue, they can only replace, take out a portion rather, resect a portion of the tissue. And so they are still left with some of the mesh in the tissue, and oftentimes they're still left with more problems.

Some women complain about worse incontinence that they suffer now as a result of a failed mesh surgery, than they ever suffered before they had the surgical mesh implanted.

If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of implantation with transvaginal mesh, and you want to talk to us about possibly investigating a lawsuit, we are available to you, and we would love to talk to you about it. We are a nationwide law firm and I and my partner Lexi Hazam are working all the time on these cases.

You can reach us by looking up Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, or by contacting us directly by telephone or by email. We very much like to talk to you about any issue that has arisen in connection with this.

Attorney Advertising Disclaimer/Statute of Limitations Notice: This video may be considered an advertisement in certain jurisdictions. Lieff Cabraser does not offer any guarantee of case results. Every legal matter is different. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. All attorneys depicted in the video are Lieff Cabraser attorneys. Any other persons depicted in the video are actors or models and not clients of the law firm. You should be aware that the Statute of Limitations (the deadline imposed by law within which you may bring a lawsuit) may severely limit the time remaining for you to file any potential claim you may have.

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