Transvaginal Mesh Complications
Between 2008 and 2010, reports of complications from users of transvaginal mesh were five times higher than over the previous three years. Many women who underwent surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) were forced to undergo repeat surgeries in order to correct problems with transvaginal mesh.
Vaginal mesh erosion is the most common side effect reported by transvaginal mesh users. It occurs when the transvaginal mesh wears through the vaginal tissue, shifting from its original position and coming into contact with surrounding tissue and organs. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 10% of women who underwent surgery with transvaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse experienced mesh erosion within one year.
Other complications reported by transvaginal mesh users include severe pain, problems during intercourse, bleeding, infection, urinary problems and organ perforation. In some cases, these problems were so severe that they required additional surgeries to repair problems with surgical mesh or to remove it entirely.
In September 2011, an advisory committee voted to recommend that the FDA upgrade the warning classification for surgical mesh because of the risk of side effects associated with the device. The FDA has not announced plans to recall transvaginal mesh. More than 600 patients who developed complications after surgery have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits against manufacturers of the patch.
If you or a loved one have suffered complications from transvaginal mesh after POP or SUI repair surgery, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.