This case involves a common brand of transvaginal mesh, which was originally designed for general surgical repairs and has since been used in specific, gynecologic procedures. Without clinical testing, the mesh was branded as suitable for women requiring treatment for pelvic organ prolapse, as well as stress urinary incontinence. In thousands of cases, defectively designed and manufactured meshes have allegedly caused injuries, and patients have undergone several surgeries to remove meshes. Despite surgical intervention, it is not always possible to remove the mesh, and many women still have pieces of defective mesh products in their bodies. Injuries caused by the defective mesh include erosion of the vaginal wall, as well as persistent pain and a recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Have you ever treated a patient who has suffered complications due to transvaginal mesh?
Expert Witness Response E-009213
I am a practicing specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and have extensive experience managing mesh complications. I am also a researcher and have an excellent understanding of the current literature and research in this field. I routinely treat patients who have suffered complications due to transvagnial mesh and have performed pelvic reconstructive surgery following a complication with transvaginal mesh. I am trained in all surgical approaches for pelvic floor disorders and prolapse and I do not use or recommend transvaginal mesh.