Transvaginal mesh is made from a synthetic material, usually polypropylene, which is inserted into the front, back or top wall of a woman's vagina to treat conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The material is designed to remain in the body indefinitely.
The use of transvaginal mesh has led to huge profits at companies such as Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems and Coloplast. Unfortunately, the FDA has determined that the use of surgical mesh for treatment of POP exposes women to greater risks than traditional treatment options and is no more effective in treating the condition.
Complications from Transvaginal Mesh
Many women experience severe complications from the implantation of transvaginal mesh, including:
- Transvaginal mesh erosion
- Injury or perforations to organs near the mesh
- Scarring of the vagina
- Hardening of the mesh
- Recurrence of prolapse or incontinence
- Nerve damage
Symptoms of these complications include:
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Internal bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Urinary problems
- Vaginal pain
- Vaginal scarring
- Neuromuscular problems
- Emotional problems
If you have experienced any health complications following a transvaginal mesh implant, we urge you to contact your doctor as soon as possible. You should also contact an attorney to discuss your legal options, which may include an individual or class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer and/or the doctor who implanted the mesh product.
Transvaginal Mesh Revision Surgery
Complications from transvaginal mesh require treatment, which may include surgery to remove the mesh material. Because transvaginal mesh was designed to remain in a woman's body permanently, removal can be very difficult. Blood vessels and tissues may grow around the implanted mesh, requiring doctors to perform multiple surgeries to remove the synthetic material in pieces.
Doctors who specialize in performing transvaginal mesh revision surgery are known as called urogynecologists.
For More Information about Your Legal Options
If you have experienced health complications following the implantation of transvaginal mesh, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. For more information about transvaginal mesh lawsuits, call 1-866-LAW-2400 or reach out to us online to talk to a lawyer at Reich & Binstock LLP. From our law office in Houston, we handle transvaginal injury cases in Texas and throughout the United States.