What Problems Does A Bladder Mesh Cause For Women?

by Terry Bryant

In the early 2000s, bladder mesh surgery was used frequently to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Initially billed as a superior alternative to other forms of surgical treatment, it is designed to simulate and support a healthy set of pelvic floor muscles. Both POP and SUI can cause severe distress, but this form of treatment can cause even worse complications. In fact, the FDA has recently stated that this surgery should no longer be recommended to patients with POP or SUI.

Made from high density plastics, these slings can cause a number of severe problems, including infections, abdominal pain, pain during urination, recurring incontinence, internal erosion or organ perforation. Erosion and perforation are medical emergencies and can result in unchecked internal bleeding or loss of organ function. Unfortunately, these complications are much more common than doctors originally believed.

In 2011, the FDA determined that bladder mesh surgery caused too many adverse cases to be considered a front line treatment for SUI or POP. After reviewing 110 studies detailing safety reports of the surgery, the FDA found that about 10 percent of women who received the surgery have suffered from adverse effects severe enough to warrant corrective surgeries or removal of the device. This number is significantly higher than many other forms of front line surgery, so it is a major concern. Several deaths have also been announced due to postsurgical complications.

Since 2008, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against bladder mesh manufacturers, chief among them Mentor ObTape. Johnson & Johnson, the parent company over Mentor ObTape, has already begun settling with many victims, so the time to file a case is now. Terry Bryant and his team of personal injury lawyers have handled hundreds of medical device injury lawsuits, so they can provide the expertise and representation a victim will need to get the compensation they deserve.