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Transvaginal Mesh or Transvaginal Mess?

The FDA has stated that injuries from transvaginal mesh are not rare. Among the most painful transvaginal mesh injuries is mesh erosion.

What is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvaginal mesh is used to repair pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which a woman’s pelvic organs slip out of place and protrude through the vagina due to the weakening of muscles that form the pelvic floor. Organs can become dislodged and protrude into or through the vagina.

Transvaginal mesh is also used to treat stress urinary incontinence in women. Mesh products are used to hold and secure organs in their proper anatomic positions.

What is Mesh Erosion?

Mesh erosion occurs when the implanted transvaginal mesh fails to remain in its original position and becomes lodged in the vaginal lining. Sharp edges of the synthetic mesh can pierce the vaginal wall and surrounding organs. Mesh can protrude through the vagina and become lodged in the vaginal opening, known as extrusion. Mesh erosion causes inflammation, infection, and damage to organs, nerves, and bodily tissues.

What are the Symptoms of Mesh Erosion?

Symptoms of mesh erosion usually begin with severe pelvic pain and excessive vaginal bleeding. Additional symptoms include:

  • Blood in urine or stool;

  • Narrowing of the vagina, causing painful sexual intercourse;

  • Infection;

  • Urinary incontinence; and

  • Recurrence of the original prolapse.

What are the Complications Caused by Mesh Erosion?

Complications from transvaginal mesh include erosion, protrusion, fistulas, bowel and bladder obstructions, and organ damage. Mesh can slice through the vaginal wall and cause permanent injury or damage to nearby organs.

Defective mesh can also cause abscesses, vaginal bleeding, pain, sexual dysfunction, and recurrent prolapse or incontinence. Complications caused by mesh erosion can be life-threatening if not treated immediately.

How is Mesh Erosion Treated?

Mesh revision procedures involve intricate surgeries to remove defective mesh, repair organ damage, and repair the original prolapse. If mesh has eroded into the bladder, it can cause chronic urinary tract infections and the drainage of urine into the vagina. An accumulation of urine in the vagina can destroy the uterus and pelvic organs, including the ovaries and Fallopian tubes.

Revision surgery involves major abdominal surgery, which leaves women with a large incision and a lengthy recovery period. If mesh has eroded into the bowel or rectum, the drainage of fecal matter into the vagina can also cause serious infections. If the mesh has eroded into the colon or small intestine, treatment may involve a bowel resection.

The removal and replacement of transvaginal mesh is a complex surgical procedure. Small pieces of mesh can become fused to nearby organs and tissues. Even a tiny mesh fragment can cause a massive internal hemorrhage, infection, and organ failure. Although mesh removal may alleviate symptoms, the original prolapse for which treatment was sought may remain a serious medical concern.

Contact a Female Transvaginal Mesh Attorney

Women who received transvaginal surgical mesh are now suffering injuries due to these defective medical products. If you or a loved one suffered with transvaginal mesh erosion, protrusion, or another injury due to transvaginal mesh, you deserve to have an advocate on your side. Call us now for a free consultation.

By: Kay Van Wey | November 8th, 2015

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