Transvaginal Mesh is a gynecological mesh product with the purpose of correcting urinary incontinence. The mesh sling is designed to hold the pelvic organs in their proper places in order to relieve bladder pressure and the leakage of urine. For most women, this procedure was a godsend and resulted in lives getting back to normal. Suddenly, those that had undergone the procedure started noticing their symptoms returning.
The symptoms that indicated that the transvaginal mesh was failing were abdominal fullness, incontinence, a bulging rectum and difficult bowel movements. While the symptoms were the same as those experienced prior to the procedure, this time the symptoms proved to be worse.
Facts About Transvaginal Mesh
Up to 40% of American women experience urinary incontinence and this figure is expected to increase as the U.S. population gets older. As women age, their pelvic organs can drop lower than they should be, causing incontinence. Incontinence is very uncomfortable and the urine leakage can be quite embarrassing. That is why the surgery to correct the position of fallen organs is well-recognized as a procedure to improve the quality of life.
Transvaginal Mesh was introduced because traditional surgeries had a high failure rate. The mesh, or sling, seemed to be the perfect solution to the problem. However, the mesh was introduced on the market so quickly that complications were not fully realized due to a lack of testing. In 2009, Mayo Clinic gynecologists, along with other physicians, had noticed that complications in relation to Transvaginal Mesh had increased. This prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to alert health care providers.
Symptoms & Side Effects
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had to alert health care providers because the following health problems were occurring in relation to the mesh:
- Vaginal infections
- Urine leakage
- Chronic vaginal drainage
- Mesh erosion
- Pain during intercourse and pain not related to intercourse
- Recurring abdominal pressure
- Lower back pain
- Difficult bowel movements
- Feeling as if something is protruding from the vagina
- Recurrence of dropped organs
- Bladder outlet obstruction
These symptoms occur because the mesh does not bond well with the vaginal tissue. The mesh can cause splits in the pelvic tissue or even penetrate the vaginal wall. When the mesh is implanted, it is done so through the vagina with special surgical tools. There are a number of organs present in the pelvis and these tools have been known to perforate organs, such as the bladder or bowel. If a blood vessel is perforated, heavy bleeding can occur.
Contact A Tranvaginal Mesh Product Attorney Today
If you or a loved one underwent surgery to have Transvaginal Mesh implanted with the purpose to correct dropping organs and your symptoms are returning or other complications have been experienced, you may be able to recover damages. Call us today at 1-800-732-3070 or fill out our contact form for your free case evaluation. Know that we work on a contingency basis because that means we don’t win unless you do.