An alarming trend has been on the rise as of late, and it’s the increase in dangerous, harmful consequences of transvaginal mesh surgical procedures. As a result, there has been an increase in the number of vaginal mesh lawsuits and claims, and it’s important you arm yourself with the correct information and knowledge before it’s too late.
First, it’s important to know a little bit more about this procedure and what it is used for. Transvaginal mesh is surgically implanted in a woman’s body in order to repair weakened or damaged tissue. It is most commonly used for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It is a permanent implant potentially made from several different types of materials.
Unfortunately, vaginal mesh implants have increasingly become an item which produces alarming and dangerous results. Either the risks of these implants and the procedure were unknown or were not fully understood, were not disclosed to patients, or the implants themselves being made and utilized are faulty. Either way, it’s a serious issue and it’s only becoming more common, which is why it’s important to know what you’re facing.
In the summer of 2011, the FDA reported a five-fold increase in the reports of serious complications stemming from vaginal mesh procedures and products. The risk or frequency of these claims changed the organizations view on the treatment, no longer calling the risk or frequency rare.
According to a report from Renal & Urology News, which included a review of 47 separate cases where women had first transvaginal mesh surgery and needed another procedure to fix or repair it, only 72% of these were deemed to be successful. Of that group, a large percentage still did not feel that they were better off than they were before their first failed procedure.
Symptoms of a vaginal mesh failure can include vaginal bleeding and infection, urinary problems, mesh erosion through the vaginal wall, extreme pain during sexual intercourse and organ perforation. Clearly, this is not something to be ignored, nor is it something which women and their families should have to suffer through without appropriate compensation.
If you or a loved one have had a transvaginal mesh procedure and have experienced unexpected, harmful and potentially even life changing consequences, then you must take action as soon as possible. Contact an experienced transvaginal mesh lawyer who can fight on your behalf, and ensure that you get what you deserve.