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Use of transvaginal pelvic mesh
Transvaginal pelvic mesh is being used in patients with POP - a condition where the muscular floor supporting the pelvic organs falls due to injury, childbirth, surgery, or age. POP can cause the bladder, bowel, or other organs to collapse and sag, causing a variety of issues like incontinence and pelvic pain.
A number of medical device manufacturers have over the past 10 years promoted the use of mesh similar to the kind used in hernia repair to treat this condition. The mesh and the techniques promoted by the medical device manufacturers were marketed to replace the traditional methods of surgical and non-surgical repair. These synthetic mesh patches are surgically implanted transvaginally. The mesh integrates with the tissue around it and is anchored to the muscles and ligaments surrounding the pelvic floor in an effort to support the organs above it. The patch is a permanent implant.
However, many people who have received transvaginal mesh implants have reported adverse outcomes - according to the FDA mesh kits of all brands have a higher than expected incidence of failure, causing pain, erosion of the mesh into the surrounding organs including the bladder, extrusion and exposure of the mesh into the vagina, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse), bleeding, recurrence of pelvic floor prolapse, infection, or any number of other complications. Subsequent revision surgeries may be required in these situations, but since the device is made to be permanent it is often difficult or impossible for surgeons to remove all of the mesh in a single or even multiple surgeries.
According to the FDA the injuries caused by transvaginal mesh can be serious and permanent. The vagina, bladder, bowel and other organs can all be injured. Patients often suffer severe and almost continual pain and discomfort, most notably during intercourse. And correcting the problem can be expensive, difficult and dangerous.
FDA and medical groups warn POP sufferers about dangers of transvaginal pelvic mesh
A 2008 FDA Public Health Notification warned of serious complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh in repair of pelvic organ prolapse, while a 2011 FDA warning raised even more serious concerns. And a 2011 opinion by the American Urologynecologic Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists details the potential serious complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh in repair of pelvic organ prolapse.
You can read more about these official health warnings on our site.
Pelvic mesh legal resources
If you have experienced a serious injury related to a surgical mesh system please complete the form below. A representative of our firm will be in touch shortly to discuss a possible transvaginal pelvic mesh lawsuit.
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