Transvaginal mesh is the name applied to a number of surgical mesh products that have been used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in thousands of women across the United States.
Although transvaginal mesh was originally marketed as a less invasive and more durable option than other surgical corrections for POP and SUI, growing evidence suggests this potentially dangerous medical device may be ineffective and increase your risk for serious health complications. If you suffered side-effects after receiving transvaginal mesh for the surgical repair of POP or SUI, the Louisville, Kentucky, injury attorneys at the Karl Truman Law Office may be able to help you recover financial compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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Transvaginal Mesh and SUI, POP Treatment
Also referred to as bladder slings, transvaginal mesh devices are designed to support pelvic organs in women who undergo surgical treatment for POP or SUI.
The condition known as pelvic organ prolapse causes muscles and other tissue that surround the pelvic organs to weaken and stretch, which results in the bladder or uterus slipping out of place and into the vaginal wall. In POP treatment, transvaginal mesh has been utilized to hold the pelvic organs in position and reinforce the vaginal wall.
Transvaginal mesh has been used for similar purposes in the surgical repair of stress urinary incontinence, in which exercise or other strenuous physical activity causes an involuntary urine leakage. In women with SUI, transvaginal mesh is surgically placed to reinforce the urethra and reduce instances of urinary incontinence.
Transvaginal Mesh Complications
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received nearly 3,000 reports of complications associated with transvaginal mesh between 2008 and 2010. Those reports included seven deaths linked to transvaginal mesh in the surgical treatment of POP.
Increasing evidence indicates that transvaginal mesh devices are prone to moving, hardening or eroding after placement, which can lead to vaginal pain and other side-effects including:
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Vaginal scarring
- Discomfort during urination and intercourse
- Recurrence of SUI or POP
Injuries caused by transvaginal mesh require prompt medical attention and often necessitate revision surgery. Some side-effects associated with transvaginal mesh are not reversible and may diminish a patient’s quality of life or contribute to wrongful death.
If you or a family member suffered complications after receiving transvaginal mesh in the treatment of SUI or POP, please contact the Karl Truman Law Office by calling our office or completing the form on this page for your free consultation. Our experienced injury attorneys are proud to serve clients from the greater Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana, areas.