Various Complications Linked to Transvaginal Mesh
The FDA reported that over three years, it received more than 1000 reports of complications associated with vaginal mesh systems, which are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). These complaints included a number of surgical mesh complications such as:
- Urinary problems
- Mesh infection
- Vaginal scarring
- Bowel or bladder perforation
- Mesh erosion through vaginal epithelium
- Recurrence of incontinence or prolapse.
If you or a loved one has been implanted with a vaginal sling to treat POP or SUI and have experienced transvaginal mesh problems, such as mesh erosion, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Fill out our free case review form today to have your claim of mesh complications evaluated, at no cost to you.
Vaginal Sling Complications: Treatments and Causes
Since the FDA first warned the public of trans vaginal mesh complications, it saw the number of adverse events associated with the surgical placement of a mesh in the repair of pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery continue to increase. Between 2008 and 2010, reports of mesh problems received by the FDA totaled more than 1500, a number five times the amount of adverse event reports received by the agency between 2005 and 2007.
While these reports did not necessarily differentiate between meshes placed through the abdomen or vagina, the FDA updated its previous safety communication regarding vaginal mesh complications to inform the public that women undergoing pelvic organ prolapse surgery involving the surgical placement of a mesh through the vagina may face a greater risk than those pursuing other surgical options. In some cases, women who suffered from POP mesh complications may require additional surgery, blood transfusions, IV therapy or abscess drainage.
The FDA has suggested that the size and shape of the mesh, the mesh material, surgical technique, and overall health of the patient may be determining factors in who develops complications. Others believe the design of the mesh may be a contributing factor. One transvaginal mesh, the Mentor ObTape Vaginal Sling, was taken off the market due to a design defect.
Bard Avaulta Mesh Problems
Although the Bard mesh has not been subject to an Avaulta mesh recall, many believe that a design defect is causing vaginal mesh complications for women implanted with the system. Allegedly, the design of the Avaulta vaginal sling can prevent the surrounding tissue from receiving essential oxygen and nutrients, leading to problems with healing. This can lead to Avaulta mesh problems which require treatment with surgery, possibly to remove the mesh. If you have experienced Bard Avaulta mesh problems, fill out our no cost case evaluation form today to find out if you can recover compensation for medical bills and other damages incurred as a result of your Avaulta mesh side effects.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Women who have suffered from vaginal mesh complications may have legal recourse. Several vaginal mesh lawsuits have already been filed and women who have experienced transvaginal mesh side effects may be able to participate in a similar legal action. To find out if you can participate in a vaginal sling lawsuit for complications resulting from your mesh surgery, contact our attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
Page Updated: November 19, 2013