4 Common Vaginal Mesh Complications
Thousands of women who sought treatment for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence have had their lives adversely affected by vaginal mesh complications. With thousands of lawsuits being filed monthly, now is a good time to file a free case review if you or a loved one were implanted with a vaginal mesh and suffered these common complications.
What Is Vaginal Mesh?
Surgical mesh is a device designed to repair tissue that is damaged or has weakened. When used in gynecological procedures, it is permanently implanted as a reinforcement on the vaginal wall for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse or as support for the urethra in patients with stress urinary incontinence.
What Are the Common Vaginal Mesh Complications?
Mesh Erosion – Erosion occurs when the surgical mesh moves through the vaginal wall in which it was implanted. The mesh can move through the mucous membrane used to seal it in place, often making itself visible in the vagina, or through the vaginal wall and potentially into surrounding organs. This complication most often requires surgical removal of the mesh.
Recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse – Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) occurs when tissues that hold the pelvic organs in place become damaged, stretched or weakened, resulting in bulging of the organ into the vagina, or in some cases, through the vaginal opening. Although this is one of the conditions vaginal mesh was intended to treat, if the device fails, it is also one of the complications.
Recurrence of Stress Urinary Incontinence – The Food and Drug Administration describes stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) as “a leaking of urine during moments of physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise.” The other condition the device was designed to repair, a recurrence of SUI can occur when the vaginal mesh ceases to support the urethra.
Pain – When a foreign object is implanted in your body and begins to erode or fails to function as designed, pain will undoubtedly ensue. Women who have reported pain-related vaginal mesh complications suffered abdominal pain, vaginal pain (including during intercourse) and even shooting pain through the lower extremities.
How Can I Take Legal Action?
Though these are some of the most common vaginal mesh complications, other patients also reported infection, urinary problems, bleeding, vaginal scarring or shrinking, and nerve pain. If you or anyone you know have experienced any of these complications after having a vaginal mesh implanted to correct pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. File a free case review with an experienced product liability attorney who will analyze the specific details of your personal case and determine your best course of legal action.