An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cage-like medical device that can be inserted by doctors to stop dangerous blood clots from traveling to the blood vessels of the lungs. Their structure allows them to catch fragments of clots that form in the legs or pelvis before these blockages run the risk of causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). These metal filters are surgically implanted in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners or have seen little success with those drugs.
Thousands of American women have undergone surgery for the insertion of products known as transvaginal mesh or surgical mesh implants. This surgical procedure is done, typically in older women, to correct for the effects of pelvic organ prolapse, when the internal body structure requires additional support to prevent the sagging of organs such as the urethra, cervix, and rectum. Transvaginal mesh is intended to repair this issue and ensure fewer health problems going forward.
Unfortunately, many women experience negative effects following the surgery when these devices do not function as they should. Studies show that some women fall victim to higher rates of serious complications, including bladder perforation, pelvic hemorrhage, urinary incontinence, and pain during intercourse. Injuries resulting from a transvaginal mesh implant can be very serious and expensive to treat, especially since patients often require additional surgeries. Manufacturers of these inserts can potentially be held legally responsible for their effects on the lives of those harmed.
If you or a loved one has had a transvaginal or surgical mesh implanted and suffered serious health complications or death, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our dedicated legal team at Iannella & Mummolo to learn more.