If you have not seen a commercial on television for transvaginal mesh claims, it could be argued you have been living in a cave somewhere, as the medical complications from the use of transvaginal mesh are extremely serious and on the rise. Transvaginal mesh has been used for over a decade to treat females who have conditions related to sagging internal organs pressing upon the uterus. This condition occurs, mostly in middle-aged or older women who had pregnancies and causes Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and also Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Transvaginal mesh was never intended to be used as a permanent treatment, but it’s been used frequently due to it only requiring a laparoscopic insertion versus a more invasive surgery.
Transvaginal mesh has caused serious medical complications, including entanglement in the bowels and other organs after it moves, as well as protrusion through the wall of the uterus. It has not only caused serious internal injury to the female who had the insertion, but also to the sexual partner who can often feel the mesh protrusion during intercourse. The material causes extreme pain and can sometimes be corrected with a revision surgery and sometimes cannot be corrected. When a patient is unable to have a revision surgery, lifelong chronic pain can ensue. Even when the mesh has been removed, many patients are experiencing continued pain symptoms surgeons attribute to nerve damage done by the material while it is still inserted.
The FDA has yet to order a recall, but is requiring that the producers of transvaginal mesh products do rigorous testing, normally seen prior to the introduction of a product on the market not as an afterthought.
One only has to speak to the victims of transvaginal mesh side effects, and their partners, to understand this material is medically dangerous, causes severe pain, and is hurtful to a patient’s intimate relationships given the inability to engage in intimacy without pain to both partners (Loss of Consortium). If a medical provider suggests this material be used in your own procedure, get educated and do not be afraid to ask questions. If you are a person already affected by transvaginal mesh complications, do not hesitate to contact a well-respected personal injury law firm experienced and involved in taking the fight to the Courts to compensate the injured and help get these products off the market for permanent use.