"Tell us your story and communicate online with other women." Lisa Spitzer MSW who runs the Transvaginal helpline has heard so many "horror stories"
Spitzer says"I speak to so many women who feel lost and alone in this"" They no longer trust their Doctors or the Medical Community" "There is a need for a way for women to share their experiences and get support and psychological relief" Women are in pain over this both emotionally and physically" "I just spoke to a woman who says when mommy is in pain the entire family suffers" According to Spitzer" Entire families are effected and marriages are vulnerable as a result"
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"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 assists women in locating a lawyer but, there is more to this then just filing a lawsuit" Monetary damages cannot reverse some of the life changing stories I am hearing" There are damaging physical and psychological effects from this surgical procedure that are far reaching. 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.
What was supposed to be a simple surgery to relieve bloating and constipation turned into a living nightmare for Linda Gross, 46, of Watertown, S.D.
Gross experienced pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which the organs of the pelvis begin to shift because of a weakened pelvic wall. Her doctor implanted Gynecare Prolift, a relatively new type of surgical mesh, into her pelvic wall through incisions made in her vagina.
Ever since that implantation in 2006, Gross says she has had urinary complications, constant pain and swelling as her body continues to reject the mesh. She says she can't sit for more than 20 minutes, she can't have sex with her husband, she can't be active for more than a few minutes at a time. Twelve surgeries have failed to remove all the mesh or relieve her pain and swelling.
"It's horrible. There are unknown amounts of the mesh still in me. I have extreme pain. It feels like the inside of my vaginal wall is on fire," Gross told ABCNews.com. "I wouldn't wish this on anyone."
The following are problems linked to transvaginal mesh:
Mesh erosion through the vagina
Pain during sexual intercourse
There have also been reports of recurring prolapse, vaginal scarring, vaginal shrinkage, and emotional problems related to the mesh. These complications often result in a patient requiring additional treatment, including surgery and further hospitalization.
The mesh helped keep the organs in place, but indications are that it harmed more than it helped. Some women who had the surgery using it have reported "painful sexual intercourse, infections, urinary problems, overall discomfort, and bleeding, usually from the mesh eroding through the stitched tissue or from skin contracting tightly around it." Last year, 75,000 women had the vaginal form of the corrective surgery, and in the past two years, adverse event reports to the FDA have quintupled.
The FDA has also received reports that three women died in connection with the surgery, and several other women are suing the device makers. One of their lawyers, who represents 75 patients, told the Globe, "It is unfortunate that the FDA doesn't come to these conclusions before all these people get hurt.''
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Avaulta Solo™ Synthetic Support System
Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh
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Advantage™ Sling System
Obtryx® Curved Single
Obtryx® Mesh Sling
Prefyx Mid U™ Mesh Sling System
Prefyx PPS™ System
The Vaginal Mesh Lawyers of Transvaginal Mesh Helpline are available to discuss your situation and advise of your being added to the 100's of women filing class action lawsuits agains these manufacturers and others
"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.
transvaginal mesh helpline is not just lawyers interested in cases. They offer support and help to women going thru this traumatic experience
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