Doctors have taken an oath to serve patients without intentionally harming them, focusing their attention on providing the best care with the least amount of risks. Though they may take all necessary precautions, doctors are not able to control all aspects of medical care. Sometimes products used during surgery or treatment do more harm than good, making recovery difficult. Recently, many women have made claims against the manufacturers of surgical mesh products for this very reason.
What is surgical mesh?
Surgical mesh is a screen-like material that can reinforce soft tissue or bone that has weakened. One use of surgical mesh is to strengthen pelvic muscles. Surgeons are able to shape pieces of the mesh and apply them to the weak pelvic muscles, allowing the soft tissue to grow into the mesh.
Many women who have undergone pelvic surgical mesh have reported complications after the surgery. Some of these adverse effects include:
- Erosion (occurs when the mesh pulls away from the soft tissue)
- Pain, Infection, Bleeding
- Painful intercourse
- Damage to organs
- Urinary problems
Over 6,000 lawsuit cases of complications after certain surgical mesh procedures have been brought to court in the United States. Most of these cases are against the surgical mesh manufacturers. Many medical professionals have reported their concern about the lack of training with surgical mesh products.
Being unable to fully recover from surgery can cost people more than time and money. Relationships with family and loved ones can be damaged or hindered because the patient cannot get rid of the pain. If you feel that you or someone you know has suffered undue complications after treatment, call Elrod Pope Law Firm. Our attorneys are ready to help you determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Thomas E. Pope is a Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Medical Malpractice Attorney who practices in Rock Hill, Lake Wylie, and Lancaster, SC. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 31 years now. Thomas E. Pope believes in protecting the injured. Learn more about his experience here.