Transvaginal Mesh has been used to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Unfortunately, many women treated with Vaginal Mesh have suffered severe side effects that may not have been disclosed before the Mesh was implanted.
There are several complications and potentially dangerous side effects associated with Vaginal Mesh, however, the most frequent complications reported by the FDA include:
Vaginal Mesh erosion can be debilitating and require multiple follow-up corrective surgeries to repair the damage. In some cases, remedial surgeries will not heal the damaged areas. In addition, victims may experience reoccurring prolapse, neuro-muscular problems, vaginal scarring/shrinkage, and may develop debilitating emotional problems. Not only are these complications painful, they may also require additional surgeries and hospitalization.
The FDA's review of published scientific literature from 1996 - 2011 regarding Vaginal Mesh showed that transvaginal Pelvic Organ Prolapse ("POP") repair with Mesh does not improve symptomatic results or quality of life over traditional non-mesh repair. Moreover, Vaginal Mesh used in transvaginal POP repair creates risks that do not exist with traditional non-mesh repair. Mesh placed abdominally for POP repair appears to result in lower rates of mesh complications compared to transvaginal POP surgery with mesh. Although Vaginal Mesh may provide an anatomical benefit that traditional non-mesh surgery does not provide, the Vaginal Mesh may not result in better symptomatic results.
The FDA has also warned about a previously unidentified risk with Vaginal Mesh known as mesh shrinkage. Mesh shrinkage, or "contraction," is associated with vaginal shortening, tightening, and pain.
The complications associated with Vaginal Mesh have not been linked to a single brand of Mesh. All Mesh products can cause severe pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, or the inability to have intercourse. Additionally, men who are exposed to Vaginal Mesh erosion may become injured as a result of the contact.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Vaginal Mesh, contact a Vaginal Mesh Attorney immediately. All attorneys listed on the top of this page offer free consultations and accept clients nationwide. Keep in mind, if you have been injured it's important to speak with an attorney right away. Failure to file a timely claim may result in the forfeiture of your ability to ever recover for your injuries.
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