Transvaginal Mesh Complications
If you have Transvaginal mesh complications we can help you file a lawsuit to receive financial compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering. Almost half of women over the age of 50 suffer from pelvic organ prolapse or stress incontinence. Prolapse means that organs like the bladder, bowel, uterus or rectum sag and bulge into the vagina. One or all organs may prolapse. The only permanent solution to the problem is surgical intervention.
Complications From Vaginal Mesh Implants
Transvaginal mesh has been used for a number of years to surgically repair the prolapse. It is a minimally invasive procedure where the mesh, actually made of plastic, polyester or polypropylene, is sewn into the pelvic region creating a sling to support the sagging organs.
Between 2005 and 2008, the FDA received more than 1000 reports from nine manufacturers that there were a number of complaints about the use of transvaginal mesh coming to their attention. The FDA issued a warning to physicians and informed them that frequent transvaginal mesh complications include:
• Erosion through vaginal epithelium. This is the most common complication. The body identifies the mesh as a foreign body and begins to reject it. This causes scarring of the vagina which results in pain, bleeding and painful or impossible intercourse. Multiple surgeries may be needed to repair the erosion if it can be repaired at all. In some cases, the mesh has disintegrated into very small pieces which are impossible to totally remove. The pain and suffering may be permanent.
• Urinary problems
• Recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence
Other less frequent transvaginal mesh side effects include:
• Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion
• Painful intercourse or impossible intercourse
• Inability to urinate without a catheter
• Permanent nerve damage
• Bacterial infections
Transvaginal Mesh Side-Effects
In 2011, the FDA issued another statement informing doctors that these complications and side effects are “not rare.” The 2011 FDA memo stated that transvaginal mesh provided no benefit over traditional procedures to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence and should be used only after all other options have been ruled out.
There are a few transvaginal mesh symtoms that indicate there is a serious problem.
• Vaginal bleeding
• Vaginal infection
• Vaginal discharge
• Pain during sex
• A feeling of something protruding from the vagina
• Bladder outlet obstruction
• Recurrence of prolapsed organs
• Low abdominal pain
• Difficulty with bowel movements
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers and distributors by women who have suffered from the use of transvaginal mesh. The lawsuits allege the defendants were negligent in their product design and failure to warn about the transvaginal mesh complications and transvaginal mesh side effects.
Side-Effects From Vaginal Mesh Surgery
Although the FDA issued warnings about transvaginal mesh complications being “not rare,” the mesh is still being used. Some manufacturers have voluntarily removed their product from the market. Anyone who has transvaginal mesh complication or side-effects should see their doctor immediately for evaluation.