Side Effects Associated with Transvaginal Mesh

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Transvaginal Mesh is supposed to be safe and effective and yet it is causing women serious injuries nationwide. Thousands of injuries have been reported and a patient viewing and identifying with any of the side effects below may have a potential legal claim against defective Transvaginal Mesh manufacturers.

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

The pelvic organs include the bladder, uterus, and rectum. These organs are held in place by tissue called “ligaments” and “fascia”, and these tissues are used to help join the pelvic organs to the bony sides of the pelvic wall and hold the bladder, uterus and rectum in place.

If the “ligament” or “fascia” muscles are torn or stretched they become weak and the pelvic organs may not be held in place. This can cause a bulge or sag down into the vagina, and is known as a pelvic organ prolapse (POP). According to the FDA, in 2010 alone approximately 100,000 women underwent an operation for pelvic organ prolapse.

What is Stress Urinary Incontinence?

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is the uncontrollable release of urine during physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise. SUI is a common symptom of women suffering from a pelvic prolapse. Stress incontinence is usually seen in women who have had more than one pregnancy and vaginal delivery, it is also can be caused by aging or previous pelvic surgery. In these situations the pelvic muscles which support the bladder are weakened and are harder to control. This condition affects an estimated 20 to 40 % of women. The mesh that is used to treat SUI is placed like a “sling” to support the urethra that is why this is referred to as a “sling” procedure. It has been reported that approximately 260,000 women have had SUI surgery.

The potential side effects of Transvaginal Mesh are:

  • Mesh erosion into the vagina, bladder, intestines, and uterus
  • Serious infection and pelvic pain
  • Urinary Problems which include recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence
  • Development of urinary retention
  • Vaginal infection, pain, bleeding, scarring
  • Pain during Intercourse (Dyspareunia)
  • Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion
  • Neuropathic Pain

Some women have to go through multiple surgeries to remove the deteriorating Transvaginal Mesh, as well as IV therapy, blood transfusions, and drainage of hematomas or abscesses. Even after removal of the Mesh the complications may not be reversed and the patient can continue to suffer pain. From 2008 to 2010, the FDA also reported seven deaths of patients that had a pelvic organ prolapsed surgery.

Contact Sheff Law Today

Sheff Law is a law firm with knowledge and experience handling Transvaginal Mesh legal claims. If you or someone you love has been harmed by Transvaginal Mesh or slings, you can count of Sheff Law to evaluate skillfully and in the best interest of the client. Contact us today by filling out a FREE consultation form or call us at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.