Injured by Transvaginal Mesh/Bladder Slings to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Stress Urinary Incontinence?

July 30, 2012
Little Rock, AR Transvaginal Mesh and Bladder Sling Attorneys

Transvaginal Mesh and Pelvic Organ Prolapse & Stress Urinary IncontinenceThe Brad Hendricks Law Firm is investigating claims of severe complications associated with the use of transvaginal surgical mesh and bladder slings, which have been surgically installed to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (“POP”) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (“SUI”).

Pelvic Organ Prolapse occur when pelvic organs drop from their normal position because the tissues and muscles of the pelvic floor are no longer able to support the organs, which the uterus and bladder.  The muscles and tissue may become torn or weakened because of childbirth or age.  For several years surgical mesh has been used to treat POP and stress urinary incontinence.

Historically, surgical mesh has been used since the 1950s to repair abdominal hernias.  In the 1970s, gynecologists incorporated surgical mesh to treat POP.  Surgical mesh has been used to treat transvaginal POP and SUI since the 1990s.

In 2008, the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a Public Health Notification (“PHN”) to warn patients about adverse effects related to urogynecologic use of surgical mesh.  Between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2010, 2,874 medical device reports (“MDR”) were submitted chronicling complaints of malfunction, injury and even death.  Of those reports, 1,503 were associated with POP, while 1,371 reports were associated with SUI repairs.  There were 3,979 reports of injury, death and malfunction between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2010.

Unfortunately, the FDA has reported, “[m]esh-associated complications are not rare.”  Approximately 10 of women undergoing transvaginal POP repair experience vaginal mesh erosion within 12 months of surgery.  Mesh contraction, which can cause vaginal shortening, tightening, or vaginal pain is increasingly reported by patients.  Some patients require numerous follow up procedures.

Common Complications from Surgeries that Insert Transvaginal Mesh and Bladder Slings

The most common complications associate with the use of transvaginal mesh and bladder slings include the following:

Mesh erosion through the vaginal tissue
Chronic vaginal drainage
Erosion of the vaginal tissue
Feeling as though something is protruding from the vagina
Lower back pain
Pain during intercourse and Vaginal Pain not related to intercourse
Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
Pressure or feeling of “fullness” in the lower abdomen
Reoccurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
Continued urinary problems
Vaginal bleeding
Vaginal infections
Vaginal pain not related to intercourse
Vaginal scarring

The Securities and Exchange Commission has reported that approximately 47,000 women have received pelvic mesh implants.  To date, more than 600 lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers.

Call Us if You or a Loved One has Been Injured by Transvaginal Mesh used to treat POP or SUI

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm wants to know if you or a loved one has been harmed by transvaginal mesh/bladder slings used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence.  Call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm today at (501) 588-0549 or (866) 676-5096 for a free consultation with an experienced team of lawyers and professionals. If you or a loved one has been harmed by this urological or gynecological use of surgical mesh, you can count us to fight to make sure you are compensated for your injuries.

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Brad Hendricks Received 2010 Golden Gavel Award

June 13, 2010

On June 11, 2010, Brad Hendricks was awarded the Golden Gavel Award for his service as Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Arkansas Bar Association. The award recognizes Mr. Hendricks’ "exemplary service to the legal profession."

The award was presented to Mr. Hendricks by Ms. Donna Pettus, President of the Arkansas Bar Association, who commented on how Mr. Hendricks, through his leadership, has "revitalized and breathed new life" into the Professional Ethics Committee.

Welcome to Our Firm’s Blog!

July 15, 2009

Serving the Legal Needs of Arkansas

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm is committed to helping resolve the legal problems faced by individuals throughout the state of Arkansas. We have nine attorneys committed to serving the specific legal needs of our clients.

Our lawyers understand that many individuals and businesses avoid the legal process because they are unsure if they have a legal case. We provide a free consultation to evaluate the facts of your cases. Then we take all our personal injury and medical negligence cases on a contingency basis.

Our firm has had great success with civil litigation cases associated with car collisions, trucking collisions, social security disability, and medical negligencebirth injuries. In addition, we have attorneys who concentrate on workers’ compensation, defective products, and wrongful death cases.

Our goal as a firm is to establish long-term relationships with our clients. While we understand that someone seeking a personal injury lawyer may not be thinking about social security disability or workers’ compensation issues at the time of their injury, we strive to be a continuing resource for various legal needs.  Many of our clients come from referrals from past clients. We believe that once we resolve your legal matter, you will understand why our firm has been recognized by the Democrat-Gazette Newspaper and the Arkansas Times for its’ quality work.

Our firm handles cases throughout the state of Arkansas. We routinely represent clients from Little Rock, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Texarkana, West Memphis, Jonesboro, Fort Smith, El Dorado, Conway, Fayetteville, and Pine Bluff.

Whether you need assistance with a specific legal issue or are looking to establish an on-going relationship with a law firm, please contact The Brad Hendricks Law Firm. We are dedicated to meeting the legal needs of Arkansans.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve our current and potential clients. In addition, all online inquiries are answered within 48 hours. If you need legal assistance, please contact The Brad Hendricks Law Firm.

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm
500 C Pleasant Valley Drive
Little Rock, AR 72227
Phone: 501-588-0549
Fax: 501-661-0196
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