Recent studies have found that when transvaginal mesh patches become displaced, they can perforate the bladder, which can lead to life-threatening consequences if the problem is not treated in a timely manner. According to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), rates of transvaginal mesh bladder perforation were 3.5% in a group of women who were treated for pelvic organ prolapse (POP), compared to just 0.5% in a group who underwent traditional POP surgery involving stitches. In the most severe cases, the neck of the bladder is punctured, and emergency medical intervention is required to save the patient’s life.
Free Transvaginal Mesh Bladder Perforation Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered bladder perforation after being implanted with a vaginal mesh product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the transvaginal mesh and we can help.
Types of Bladder Perforation
Two types of bladder perforation can occur in women implanted with vaginal mesh. They are:
- Intraperitoneal rupture - Puncture occurring at the top of the bladder, which results in urine leaking into the abdominal cavity;
- Extraperitoneal rupture - Trauma that occurs on the bottom or side of the bladder. Extraperitoneal ruptures cause urine to drain into the tissues around the bladder.
Signs and Symptoms
Women with transvaginal mesh bladder perforation may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- abdominal inflammation
- blood in urine (hematuria)
- difficulty or inability to urinate
- pain and/or tenderness in the lower abdomen
- painful urination
- decreased blood pressure
- drowsiness, disorientation and/or confusion
- increased heart rate
- paling, cooler skin
Treatment & Recovery
Mild cases of transvaginal mesh bladder perforation can be treated by using a catheter to drain urine and blood from the bladder as it heals. If catheter treatment does not work, or if the puncture is extremely large, surgery may be required. Intraperitoneal ruptures almost always require surgery to keep urine from draining into the abdominal cavity. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent future infections. It is common for women with bladder perforation to suffer from incontinence after surgery because of inflammation in the bladder lining. This can be treated with prescription anti-inflammatory medications.
Following surgery, women recovering from vaginal mesh bladder perforation should:
- Continue with regular doctor visits and follow-up care;
- Call their doctor immediately if they experience any complications such as irregular vaginal bleeding / discharge, pelvic pain, or pain during sex;
- Inform their healthcare provider if they are planning to have another surgery;
- Ask their doctor if mesh was used in their surgery if they don't already know.
Do I Have a Transvaginal Mesh Bladder Perforation Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new transvaginal mesh bladder perforation cases in all 50 states.
Free Transvaginal Mesh Bladder Perforation Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered bladder perforation after being implanted with a vaginal mesh product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a transvaginal mesh suit and we can help.