Transvaginal mesh is commonly used to relieve the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women whose pelvic organs have begun to sag through weakened pelvic muscles, due to childbirth, hysterectomy or other reasons. Unfortunately, many women who receive transvaginal mesh implants are unaware of the potential for surgical mesh to cause devastating complications, like mesh erosion, infection and perforation of internal organs, due to defects in their design. If you received a transvaginal mesh implant for the treatment of POP or SUI, and you have since suffered organ perforation or another major side effect, consult an experienced product liability lawyer today to explore your possible compensation options.
Transvaginal mesh is a net-like implant made from synthetic, non-absorbable materials like polyester, and inserted through the vaginal wall to treat POP and SUI in women. Synthetic mesh has been marketed as a strong and reliable medical device by mesh manufacturing companies, but research has shown that the implants may actually be prone to eroding, or breaking down, which can cause the mesh to move out of place and cause injury to nearby organs. Sharp fragments from eroded transvaginal mesh implants can perforate the vagina, bladder, urinary tract, blood vessels, rectum, colon or lower intestines, resulting in symptoms like:
When vaginal mesh begins to erode, it may perforate nearby organs, resulting in complications like intense pain, bleeding and infection. Organ perforation is one of the most severe side effects linked to transvaginal mesh surgery, and it can be life-threatening in some cases. If left untreated, organ perforation complications from surgical mesh can lead to devastating complications, including fever, chills, elevated heart rate, sepsis (widespread infection), and possibly even death in some cases. In addition to organ perforation, side effects of transvaginal mesh may include vaginal scarring, vaginal shrinkage, nerve damage in the vaginal area, urinary tract infections, and the need for multiple corrective surgeries to remove all or part of the mesh implant and repair any damage to nearby organs.
Since transvaginal mesh was first approved for use in the United States under the FDA’s fast-track approval process, which allows medical devices to enter the market without clinical testing as long as they are similar to devices that have already been approved, serious concerns have been raised about the safety of the implants. In fact, by 2011, the FDA had received more than 4,000 reports of adverse events associated with vaginal mesh, including serious injuries and deaths from complications like mesh erosion, organ perforation and mesh infection. In July 2011, the FDA issued a safety communication indicating that complications from vaginal mesh are not rare, as was previously believed, and that using surgical mesh to repair POP or SUI may expose patients to unnecessary complications without any added benefits.
Thousands of product liability lawsuits have been brought against the makers of transvaginal mesh devices in recent years, on behalf of women and family members who have been adversely affected by organ perforation and other alleged vaginal mesh complications. If you or a loved one has been harmed by side effects of a potentially defective transvaginal mesh implant, contact a knowledgeable vaginal mesh lawyer as soon as possible for legal help. You may have grounds to file a mesh lawsuit against the device manufacturing company, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and emotional trauma.