Severe Complications Of Vaginal Mesh Surgery Include Mesh Erosion, Pain, Infections

The emergence of transvaginal mesh devices was believed to be the latest innovation in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), two pelvic floor disorders that affect millions of women. Now, thousands of women have been exposed to grave danger just because they have been convinced to use these mesh devices to treat conditions that were not considered life-threatening. Instead of improving their quality of life, these women right now face endless pain and misery as a result of severe complications.


The following are the common complications associated with the use of vaginal mesh devices:


Mesh Erosion/Exposure


Among the many possible adverse effects, mesh erosion may be the most common and the most serious of all. If the mesh erodes into the bladder or rectum, there will be terrible pain in the affected areas, blood in the urine and stool, recurrent urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, fistula formation, abscess formation in the vagina, and possible infections in multiple organs of the body. A surgery to remove the mesh, in most cases, may be required without a guarantee that all the mesh will be removed.


A patient may experience mesh erosion as soon as two weeks after a surgical procedure or it may take years before symptoms may appear, especially when the mesh erodes into the colon or rectum. In a lot of cases, mesh erosion may only be detected during sexual intercourse where the woman or her partner may feel extreme pain during penetration.


Chronic Pain (Including Dyspareunia)


Chronic pain and discomfort, in part due to the erosion of the mesh, may become a daily component of a patient’s misery. This pain and discomfort, which has been described as devastating, may affect a woman’s ability to perform even the most mundane tasks. The disruption or the entrapment of the nerve fibers, which may have been stimulated by the mesh, has been attributed by doctors as the cause for this complication.


Almost all parts of the pelvic area, particularly the groin and buttocks, may be experience this pain. Majority of women have also reported experiencing great pain during sexual contact. It has been revealed by one study that over 90 percent of patients were relieved of pain upon the removal of the mesh.

Serious Infections


One of the most common complications reported by numerous patients after a vaginal mesh repair was the onset of infections. Due to these infections, a woman may encounter a general discomfort that may affect her day to day activities, in addition to the severe pain. She may find it very difficult to stand or to sit and without medications, walking may become impossible.


A patient may be at risk of suffering septic shock, a life-threatening condition, if these infections get worse. This occurs when the infection spreads into the blood causing serious symptoms to appear in the patient’s whole body.


Recurrent Prolapse or Incontinence


After a procedure involving the transvaginal mesh repair of an organ that has prolapsed, it may not be uncommon to see patients develop incontinence and other urinary problems. This may come in the form of difficulty in urinating, urinary tract infections, the need to urinate frequently, and experiencing leakage when stress is exerted in the abdominal area. Having to deal with other forms of pelvic floor disorders after undergoing surgery to treat a related condition can be very frustrating to a woman.


Other Adverse Effects


While these four complications may have been reported as the most common, patients may also experience other equally dangerous adverse effects. Other severe complications may be manifested in the form of mesh shrinkage, organ perforation, neuro-muscular damage, heavy bleeding, constipation, and even emotional problems.


Thousands of women have sustained serious injuries leading to pain and suffering, permanent disability, and substantial deformity due these very dangerous complications. Legal actions such as filing of vaginal mesh lawsuits against mesh manufacturers have been resorted to by these women as a result of these injuries. Hearings of these claims have been scheduled in courts with the upcoming bellwether trials in West Virginia foreseen to have significant implications on the pending vaginal mesh lawsuits.



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