The government has issued a warning about the use of transvaginal surgical meshes to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary leakage, noting that thousands of women have reported serious complications including organ perforation, pain, bleeding, infection, and urinary incontinence. In some cases the mesh also called a bladder sling, pelvic sling or pelvic support has eroded or shrunk after being inserted, necessitating additional surgeries. as a result, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of the urogynecological mesh products. If you or a loved one suffered serious injury as a result of a mesh patch procedure, you should contact a surgical mesh attorney for a free evaluation of your case. Kelley|Witherspoon, has the expertise to litigate transvaginal surgical mesh injury cases. The law firm is based in Dallas, Texas, with offices in East Texas, Little Rock, arkansas and Chicago, Illinois, and handles medical and product liability cases nationwide. The U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDa) in July 2011 issued its second notification in three years to doctors and patients warning about the problems with surgical mesh products. It said that "serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP (pelvic organ prolapse) are not rare" (FDa emphasis). and that the problem was increasing dramatically: The agency received more than 1,000 reports of adverse events involving the mesh to treat POP and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) from 2005 – 2007 but almost triple that number in the following three years. Unlike prescription drugs, which must be proven safe and effective before being sold, most medical devices face no such requirement. Pelvic organ prolapse affects many women as they age, with the FDa estimating 30 to 50 percent of all women may experience POP during their lifetimes, with 2 percent developing symptoms such as urinary leaking during physical activity. POP occurs when the tissue holding the uterus, bladder, bowel and rectum become stretched or weak and the organs fall down or slip out of place. The mesh is used as a sort of cradle or nest to hold up a patient's insides. But over time, erosion or contraction of the mesh described as being made of a material similar to that of Rubbermaid storage containers has led to complications, with symptoms including bleeding, severe pelvic pain, painful sexual intercourse and urinary problems. While a total of nine manufacturers offer different transvaginal mesh medical devices, the meshes used most frequently and most often linked to injuries in women who receive the implanted mesh, are produced by four manufacturers in particular: J&J/Ethicon, Bard, aMS and Boston Scientific. Below you will find information on the transvaginal mesh devices made by each of these companies. all of these devices have caused serious side effects to women that have received them.