Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects
Transvaginal mesh devices are surgical implants designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). POP is a condition in which the organs of the lower abdomen move out of place, causing pain and other problems. SUI involves urine leakage when the body is under stress of some kind, such as during a sneeze, laughing, or vomiting.
Transvaginal mesh implants typically look like a mesh patch, oblong or rectangular in shape. The patch may be made of sterile inorganic materials, or it may contain biological material to help it integrate with the body. The implant is usually placed between the bladder and the uterus to help strengthen the tissues in the pelvis and keep the pelvic organs in their proper places. When the device is working correctly, it should alleviate pain, incontinence, and other symptoms of POP or SUI. When the device fails, however, serious transvaginal mesh side effects may result.
Mesh Complications Leading to FDA Warnings
In the past several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of complaints related to transvaginal mesh side effects, prompting the agency to issue multiple warnings to medical offices and consumers regarding the use of the devices. Some of the side effects can be life-threatening or leave the patient with permanent disabilities. Common transvaginal mesh side effects include:
- Pain in the abdomen, including pain while having intercourse or pain while using the toilet
- Internal bleeding
- Scarring or shrinkage of internal tissues, including the vaginal wall
- Breakdown of abdominal tissue
- Infections of the abdomen or urinary tract
- Recurring pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence
Often, these symptoms are interrelated. For instance, as abdominal tissues erode where they rub against the transvaginal mesh, they may bleed. Internal abdominal bleeding frequently causes severe pain, and the erosion may also cause pain and scarring of the abdominal tissues, as well as increasing the risk of infection. Infections in any part of the abdomen can also cause pain.
Many transvaginal mesh side effects require expensive and often invasive medical care in order to treat. Infections may require antibiotics to be administered by IV. Blood transfusions may be necessary in order to replace blood lost from internal bleeding. If the transvaginal mesh has caused damage to internal tissues or organs, additional surgery may be required to fix the damage, remove the mesh, or treat a recurring case of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
The side effects of transvaginal mesh may be as bad as or worse than the conditions the transvaginal mesh was intended to treat. In severe cases, these side effects may cause permanent disability or even death.
Righting the Wrong, Jacksonville Transvaginal Mesh Side Effect Attorneys by Your Side
At Farah & Farah, our Jacksonville transvaginal mesh side effects attorneys are dedicated to helping injured patients and their families get the compensation they need to cover needed medical costs, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses. If you’ve been injured by a transvaginal mesh implant, contact our injury lawyers today at 877-245-6707 to learn more about your legal rights and options. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.