Women who have given birth may experience involuntary loss of urine when they sneeze, cough, laugh or exercise. This medical condition is also known as stress urinary incontinence (SUI). SUI is usually treated by implanting Trans-Vaginal mesh to support the bladder and pelvis and prevent urine leakage. For more than a decade, American Medical Systems’ SPARC mesh implant has been used to treat SUI in women. Unfortunately, many women have suffered severe health complications related to their SPARC mesh implant.
While SPARC mesh implants haven’t yet been recalled, a SPARC mesh recall may occur in the future. The SPARC mesh is based on another Trans-Vaginal Mesh that can be traced back to Boston Scientific’s recalled ProteGen sling. Thousands of ProteGen slings were recalled due to higher than expected rates of mesh erosion through the vaginal wall. Numerous women who have the SPARC mesh implant claim experiencing mesh erosion. If mesh erosion is left untreated, serious complications may occur.
The FDA has received numerous complaints relating to Trans-Vaginal mesh implants used to treat SUI. According to the FDA, mesh erosion is a common complication. This occurs when the mesh implant deteriorates and breaks into pieces. The sharp edges of these mesh fragments can cause vaginal bleeding, discharge, infection, pain, and discomfort during intercourse. Since soft tissue often becomes entwined in the mesh, treatment of mesh erosion generally requires multiple surgeries.
In addition to mesh erosion, women who have Trans-Vaginal Mesh implants have reported a number of other health issues including:
Some of these medical conditions may require hospitalization and surgery. Consequently, you should see your doctor if you experience any of the above complications.
Thousands of women have filed lawsuits alleging they suffered adverse health consequences related to the SPARC mesh implant and other Trans-Vaginal mesh implants sold by American Medical Systems. Many of the lawsuits have been consolidated into a multi-district litigation matter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. There are also numerous lawsuits pending in various states.
If you’ve experienced health issues related to your implant, you should first find out the type of implant you have. If you have a SPARC mesh implant, you should contact an attorney to learn more about your legal options. If you do choose to file a legal claim, it may put additional pressure on the manufacturer to implement a SPARC mesh recall and prevent further injuries. Finally, it’s important to note that a statute of limitations generally limits the time you have to file a lawsuit