Background: Surgical mesh is a woven fabric used as part of surgical procedures to repair, reinforce and strengthen weakened tissues. It is used during different types of surgeries, including, among other procedures, hernias, chest wall reconstructions, and slings for stress urinary incontinence.
Transvaginal mesh is used in the transvaginal repair of a condition called pelvic organ prolapse (POP), or to surgically treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition that occurs when one of the pelvic organs such as the bladder, uterus, bowel or rectum, drops from the normal position and pushes against the wall of the vagina. This happens when the muscles and connective tissues holding the organs in place are stressed and weakened over time. When treating pelvic organ prolapse, physicians often permanently implant the mesh in order to hold pelvic organs in place. When treating stress urinary incontinence (SUI), physicians often use the mesh to support the urethra or neck of the urinary bladder.
Complications of Transvaginal Mesh
The following complications have been reported as a result of transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse (POP) procedure:
- Mesh erosion – exposure, extrusion and/or protrusion of the mesh
- Pelvic pain
- Urinary leakage
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Recurrence of prolapse
- Organ perforation
If you or a loved one has experienced any of the above complications after undergoing transvaginal placement of mesh, you should visit your healthcare provider immediately. If a visit to your healthcare provider is warranted, you also owe it to yourself to speak to an experienced pharmaceutical and medical product liability attorney to see if you have a case and to discuss the possibility of bringing a lawsuit to recover for your damages and injuries. The attorney will be able to ascertain if you have a claim for which a lawsuit can be pursued and whether the case and lawsuit can be brought to a successful settlement, verdict, award or other recovery. The experienced lawyer will also be able to advise you on any deadlines for bringing your legal claim for damages. Please contact the Woods Law Firm, PC to discuss your lawsuit with an experienced medical product liability lawyer.