Vaginal Mesh Complications

Published on June 23, 2013 by Sandy Liebhard

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After suffering mesh erosion, organ perforation and other debilitating transvaginal mesh complications, thousands of women have already come forward to file vaginal mesh lawsuits that seek compensation for their alleged injuries. Side effects associated with this class of devices can severely impact a woman’s quality of life, and may lessen her ability to enjoy the activities she once loved.

Vaginal mesh manufacturers including C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems have all been named in claims alleging their failure to properly test the devices before marketing them to women, as well a failure to warn vaginal mesh complications. In separate federal litigations underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, recent documents indicate that approximately 20,000 lawsuits have been filed in the U.S.

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Transvaginal Mesh Complications

vaginal mesh complicationsIn 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first public health alert about vaginal mesh complications. At the time, the agency classified the frequency for mesh erosion, infection, perforation and other side effects to occur as “rare.” Three years later though, the FDA revised their stance on transvaginal mesh side effects. A warning announced in July 2011 classified the potential for mesh complications to occur as “not rare” after receiving 1,300 adverse event reports from women who underwent procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or stress urinary incontinence. The agency further alerted the public that little evidence has proven treating the above conditions with transvaginal mesh offers benefits to patients, and could make patients susceptible to the following conditions:

  • Mesh erosion
  • Urinary problems
  • Bowel, bladder and blood vessel perforation
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse/stress urinary incontinence
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Pain

Oftentimes, transvaginal mesh complications are only repairable via corrective surgery. Thousands of women involved in lawsuits over these implants were allegedly forced to undergo multiple revision surgeries to treat their injuries.

Mesh Erosion: One of the Most Common Vaginal Mesh Complications

Mesh erosion, which occurs when the surgical material migrates away from the vaginal wall and into the surrounding organs, is one of the most common and dangerous mesh complications. For many women, the mesh may erode to the point where it extends, or extrudes outside the opening to the vagina.

You may be suffering from mesh erosion if you are experiencing:

  • Vaginal pain and bleeding
  • Recurrent bladder infections
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Generalized pain

If any of these side effects sound familiar, it is imperative that you contact your doctor immediately. If this vaginal mesh complication is left untreated, you may sustain damage to the bladder or bowel, or even develop abscesses or fistulas.

Perforated Organ Injuries May Be Life-Threatening

Your transvaginal mesh implant may have also perforated your organs; a frightening, and potentially life-threatening complication that may stem from these procedures. According to research presented at FDA’s 2011 Safety Communication, organ perforation was listed as the cause of two out of seven deaths that occurred in women implanted with vaginal mesh. The colon, vagina, urethra, bladder and/or bowel may be affected by this mesh complication, which may manifest in the following symptoms:

  • Abnormal bleeding in stools, urine
  • Abdominal pain
  • Infection
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Chills
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Fever, low body temperature
  • Confusion, delirium
  • Low blood pressure

If fluid leaks from the perforated (or punctured) organ, this transvaginal mesh complication may cause sepsis, an extremely dangerous blood infection, which may turn fatal.

Revision Surgery May Not Completely Repair Mesh Complications

Although revision surgeries are undergone by women who experienced mesh complications, this option may not allow for complete removal of the material—especially if it has already fused to other tissue and organs. A surgeon may have to cut the tissue that surrounds the mesh if this should occur, but a woman may still be left suffering serious discomfort for the rest of her life. Patients in this situation would be wise to file a lawsuit today.

Call Our Firm to Start the Process of Filing a Lawsuit Today.

Vaginal mesh complications can be debilitating, and severely reduce a woman’s overall quality of life. To find out how to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered as a result of an implant you received, call an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at .