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The Dangers of Vaginal Laser Treatments

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2018 | Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability

Advancements in modern medicine continue to help women across the U.S. with reproductive problems, but not all of the medical treatments available are as safe as they seem. A new medical technique uses a medical laser in the vaginal area to rejuvenate the female reproductive tissues, aiming to provide women with better tissue function and heightened sexual pleasure. These laser treatments, however, aren’t wholly supported by the FDA, and have been associated with dangerous complications. The FDA has received several complaints concerning injuries caused by these laser procedures, including vaginal burns, scarring, and chronic pain. Before you or someone you love is harmed, make sure you know everything you need to about these new vaginal laser treatments.

What is a Vaginal Laser Treatment?

Laser technology works by delivering a concentrated, repeated laser onto the soft tissues. Procedures using these advanced laser techniques claim to improve vaginal and pelvic health by stimulating the production of collagen in the area and increasing blood flow. In doing so, the laser procedure aims to increase lubrication, improve elasticity, and address issues involving dryness, painful urination, or uncomfortable sexual intercourse. Many women are drawn to the laser procedure because it can often be performed in the office and does not typically require anesthesia. As an added benefit, the procedure usually only requires minimal downtime, with patients returning to their normal activities after only 2-3 days.

Prominent Safety Concerns

One of the most prominent laser brands, the MonaLisa Touch by Cynosure, can be used for procedures involving incisions, excisions, ablations, vaporizations, and coagulation. FDA has approved the device for each of these functions for the purpose of aesthetic surgeries, as well as several others. However, surgeries aimed at “vaginal rejuvenation” have not been evaluated by the FDA for either effectiveness or safety, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. According to the FDA, there have been several complaints about these new laser procedures performed on the vaginal area. Reports cite problems including vaginal scarring, burns, pain during sexual intercourse, and regular or chronic pain. If you or someone you love was injured by a vaginal laser procedure, our firm is prepared to help. These types of injuries can be extremely painful and difficult to recover from, not to mention the potential trauma involved. When you sign up for a vaginal laser procedure, you put your trust in the doctor, the medical device, and the healthcare facility. When that trust is undermined and you suffer a serious injury, you have a right to stand up against the responsible party. We can evaluate the circumstances of your injury, investigate the potential cause, and help you fight for justice and compensation. Were you injured? Contact Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. to discuss your case with a Toledo personal injury lawyer.