A recent article in the Houston Chronicle asks an important question: Do transvaginal mesh implants worsen the condition of women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse instead of providing a cure? The Chronicle reports that 3.3 million women in the United States suffer from pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence and 350,000 of those patients undergo surgery to rid themselves of pelvic pressure and lower back pain caused by those conditions.

However, what many women are finding out is that the cure for the problems associated with pelvic organ prolapse seems worse than the condition itself. This is true particularly if the surgery involves a transvaginal mesh implant. These implants are made of nonabsorbent material and are intended to provide better support for the pelvic area compared to stitching or grafts.

However, women who expected a cure did not get it. The mesh implants caused significant problems including erosion leading to chronic pain, painful intercourse and even nerve injuries. The mesh, in many women, was popping out through the vaginal walls cutting through the surrounding tissue and causing excruciating pain.

Understanding the Risks of Surgery

In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted consumers about vaginal mesh implants and the complications involved. In 2011, the alert was updated stating that complications were more common than initially thought. Doctors are now telling women that mesh implant surgery for prolapse is often not the only or best option. Prolapse is not life threatening, but a quality-of-life issue. Women who are seeking treatment should look into all options. They should equip themselves with the most information so they can make a decision regarding their course of treatment.

Liability Issues

Women who are experiencing the serious side effects of vaginal mesh implants have filed thousands of lawsuits. One woman who was recently awarded $3.3 million in compensatory damages and $7.8 million in punitive damages testified during the jury trial that the Ethicon mesh was marketed to her as safe and effective.

Anyone who has suffered the adverse effects of these vaginal mesh implants would be well advised to contact an experienced product liability attorney who is currently handling these cases. Please remember that you have legal rights and the right to file a claim seeking damages for your significant monetary and other losses.