Transvaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, and surgical mesh slings are used to treat a variety of conditions, including organ prolapses and stress urinary incontinence. They are intended to improve mobility, reduce the likelihood of other serious medical ailments, and enhance overall quality of life, especially for patients who have undergone hysterectomies, menopause, or childbirth. However, in some cases, surgical mesh products can cause a number of serious side effects and adverse reactions.
Transvaginal/Pelvic Mesh/Sling FDA Actions
The FDA issued 522 orders in January of 2012, which are surveillance study orders released after the product is made available to the public. This was a result of numerous complaints from female patients who experienced serious post-operative health issues, including excessive bleeding and infection. Most of these complications were attributed to the synthetic surgical mesh eroding the surrounding organs and protruding through the vaginal wall.
Transvaginal/Pelvic Mesh/Sling Complications
Despite the fact that some transvaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, and surgical slings can help women who suffer organ prolapse and incontinence, other products have been linked to severe health issues. Here are some of the most common complications associated with surgical mesh products:
Erosion: The mesh erodes through the vaginal wall, causing pain, bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. In some instances the mesh may even erode through the tissue and become visible.
Perforation: The mesh erodes and passes through the vaginal wall before perforating the nearby organs. This is caused by the sharp, jagged edges of the mesh.
Some patients may require corrective or revision surgery to repair the eroded mesh and/or organ perforation. These procedures can be costly and typically involve lengthy recovery times, particularly if there is severe damage to the surrounding vital organs. The mesh is also difficult to remove, as blood vessels and tissue gradually bond with the mesh and grow around it.
Patients who have experienced medical complications due to their transvaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, or surgical sling procedures may wish to speak with a qualified legal professional to see if they are eligible for compensation.