Costs related to transvaginal mesh surgery in New Zealand have doubled over two years, according to health organizations in the country. Patients in New Zealand paid more than $1.9 million to correct transvaginal mesh complications in 2013, compared to just under $200,000 in 2008.
Many patients are receiving revision surgery to remove transvaginal mesh implants after experiencing severe side effects from the devices. Tens of thousands of women have complained of organ damage, severe pain, limited mobility and internal bleeding due to the body rejecting the defective device.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has required mesh manufacturers to conduct additional safety research after receiving thousands of complaints of transvaginal mesh side effects. Women have also begun filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits, with several manufacturers already ordered to pay millions to victims.