For women who elect to undergo pelvic prolapse surgery with a transvaginal mesh product, a number of potentially life-threatening complications can result. Vaginal mesh placement for women’s urinary conditions has recently been linked to erosion, infections, pain, dyspareunia, organ perforation, and recurrence of the problems the mesh was implanted to treat. Studies indicate that approximately 10% of women who undergo pelvic prolapse surgery with mesh devices will experience one or more of these complications within a year of having the procedure.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to the placement of a vaginal mesh product during pelvic prolapse surgery, 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.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair
Women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) who do not respond to non-surgical treatment and lifestyle changes may be advised to undergo pelvic prolapse surgery. The specific type of surgery depends on the organs affected, the severity of the accompanying symptoms, and what other medical problems the patient is experiencing. The goals of pelvic prolapse surgery are to reduce or eliminate negative symptoms and restore the function of affected organs. Symptoms of POP may include:
- Pelvic pressure
- A feeling as if something is falling out of the vagina
- A pulling or stretching in the groin area
- Low backache
- Pain during sex
- Spotting or bleeding
- Urinary problems
- Problems with bowel movements
Traditional pelvic organ prolapse treatment included surgery, in which the patient’s own tissues are sewn together to reinforce the prolapsed organ(s). Then in the early 2000s, transvaginal mesh products began being used in pelvic prolapse surgery. While companies who make these devices claim they are superior for the treatment of POP, the FDA says there is no evidence to support this claim. Additionally, after receiving thousands of injury reports associated with transvaginal mesh for pelvic prolapse surgery, the FDA issued several warnings about the dangers of mesh.
FDA Warning on Transvaginal Mesh
In July 2011, the FDA issued a warning stating that using mesh for POP surgery may be riskier than traditional treatment options. According to the warning, the number of serious injuries linked to the placement of transvaginal mesh has increased dramatically over the last several years. Nearly 3,000 injury reports were filed with the FDA between 2008 and 2010 - five times as many as were reported in the three years before that.
In 2010, there were over 100,000 pelvic prolapse surgeries performed with mesh devices, 75,000 of which were transvaginal surgeries. The FDA stated that in the vast majority of cases, POP can be treated successfully with more conventional methods that do not involve mesh. The administration also stated that the placement of mesh is intended to be permanent, and removing it can put patients at risk for serious injuries and painful revision surgeries.
Complications of Pelvic Prolapse Surgery
Complications of pelvic prolapse surgery using transvaginal mesh may include:
- Urinary incontinence
- Urinary retention
- Painful intercourse
- Bladder injury
- Formation of an abnormal connection or opening between two organs (fistula)
Click here to learn more about transvaginal mesh pelvic prolapse surgery from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Do I Have a Transvaginal Mesh Pelvic Prolapse Surgery 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 pelvic organ prolapse surgery cases in all 50 states.
Free Transvaginal Mesh Pelvic Prolapse Surgery Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to pelvic prolapse surgery and/or the placement of a transvaginal mesh product, contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a transvaginal mesh suit and we can help.