Many women who have received vaginal surgical mesh implants have suffered painful and debilitating complications, including vaginal mesh erosion. Studies show that surgical mesh is less effective and more dangerous than traditional methods of treatment for pelvic organ prolapse.
History of Vaginal Mesh Implants
Surgical mesh is a screen that is implanted to reinforce soft tissue where it has become weak. It was originally used to repair abdominal hernias. In the 1990s, gynecologists started using surgical mesh for surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). In 1996, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the first surgical mesh product uniquely designed for use in SUI; the approval for surgical mesh specifically made for use in POP came in 2002. In following years, “kits” were created, containing the surgical mesh as well as tools that were used in the delivery and insertion of the mesh.
Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is a disorder characterized by a woman’s pelvic floor muscles losing strength, which allows the pelvic organs to descend from their normal position and bulge through the vaginal wall. The traditional method of stitching the weakened tissues back together, called colporrhaphy, is shown to be equally effective at treating POP as the transvaginal mesh. However surgical mesh implants are linked to more dangerous side effects than colporrhaphy.
Vaginal mesh complications are difficult to prevent, have a negative affect on quality of life and often require surgical intervention to correct, according to the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Erosion, defined by the FDA as when the mesh becomes exposed or protrudes out of the vaginal tissue, is a serious complication that has been linked to transvaginal mesh. The FDA recommends that women who receive a surgical mesh implant routinely check in with their doctor and immediately contact their doctor if any complications develop, including:
- Persistent vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic or groin pain
- Pain with sex
- Malodorous vaginal discharge
- Recurrent bladder infections
Aftereffects of Mesh Erosion
More than 1,400 women who have experienced vaginal mesh erosion have filed lawsuits against mesh manufacturers for the painful, serious and sometimes-permanent damage caused by the erosion. Erosion can cause vaginal scarring leading to discomfort and pain, especially during sexual intercourse. Some women are unable to engage in sexual intercourse and many lawsuits include their husbands, who have lost that physical intimacy with their wives due to transvaginal mesh complications. Surgery to remove the mesh may be required, but even this does not always alleviate the disabling damage.
In addition to physical suffering, women who have suffered complications of transvaginal mesh, especially erosion, carry an emotional burden too. The subject matter of the complications is sensitive and private, and often these women suffer in silence. Emotional damage also occurs when a woman loses the ability to be intimate with her partner.
If you or your partner has experienced complications after having surgical mesh transvaginally implanted, use the form or call (800) 639-6580 to contact our experienced attorneys for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our knowledgeable attorneys will listen to your story and help you determine the best course for your case. You deserve compensation for the physical, emotional and financial suffering caused by these dangerous medical devices.