Transvaginal mesh is a net like substance, used for the treatment of urinary stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in women generally in older age or post their childbirth. Synthetic polypropylene is used to make these surgical mesh implants and was originally believed to be strong, flexible and long-lasting. However, that has not been the situation for thousands of women who complained about specific mesh implant difficulties.
How do you know you need a mesh?
Cystocele is the most common form of POP. Bulging sensation in the vagina, pain, and pressure in the pelvic region, painful intercourse and difficulty in urination are the common symptoms of POP.
With a weakened pelvic floor, women face stress urinary incontinence in which she experiences involuntary urine leakage during laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising, and while having sex.
In both the above conditions, mesh implant is a common treatment. However, there are some severe vaginal mesh complications.
Side effects of mesh
Women have reported side effects ranging from recurring urinary and vaginal infections to chronic pain. Sometimes, the situation has been as grave as organ perforation and nerve damage. In fact, there are reported cases of death associated with the complications of the use of vaginal mesh. FDA, in 2016, re-categorized all transvaginal mesh devices under high-risk class and asked for premarket approval.
Common complications of transvaginal mesh surgery
- urinary tract obstruction
- revived stress urinary incontinence
- urinary and genital infection and irritation
- urethra and bladder injury
- chronic pain
- blood in urine
- damage in pelvic blood vessel
- Painful intercourse
All about mesh erosion and removal
A thorough physical pelvic exam is required for the doctor to confirm the potential damage caused by the mesh implant. Cystography, colonoscopy, ultrasound and blood tests might also be necessary for confirmation.
To treat the mesh erosion condition, a complex surgical process is required. Sometimes, more than one corrective surgery is done to completely remove all the parts. During the process, incisions are made through the vaginal wall and are re-sewed once the pieces are cleared. Chances of original symptoms of SUI and POP might return after the removal surgery including the pain, pressure and incontinence. Furthermore, the pelvic muscles often get weakened by mesh erosion and some patients might suffer psychological breakdown for a digressed quality life.
Filing lawsuits for mesh complications
For some women, who are not symptomatic, there is no need for mesh removal surgery, unless there is a specific therapeutic reason. This request comes from some patients who believe the removal surgery will make their medico-legal claim stronger. However, unnecessary removal of the device is more likely to root adverse effects on the patient’s body.
Women suffering from mesh implant or bladder sling can claim for financial compensation as FDA issued a serious warning against the use of all kinds of transvaginal mesh. So whether it’s you or someone you may know is suffering from vaginal mesh complications, contact any of the trusted legal firms who can determine your eligibility for compensation. The skilled transvaginal mesh attorneys can help you fight for a substantial fiscal recovery, if not a complete normal lifestyle. Failed mesh procedure for defective device or negligence qualifies for filing the mesh lawsuit. You can claim for financial compensation on the grounds of misleading your trust and causing personal physical injury.