What Are The Side Effects From A Transvaginal Mesh Surgery?

 In Personal Injury

distressed womandTransvaginal Mesh (TVM) implants were meant to help women who’ve suffered from weakened pelvic muscles with conditions such as Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and incontinence. Both conditions are not uncommon after giving birth. However, in many cases the mesh implant has only caused more pain and suffering for those women who had the surgery.  Unfortunately there can be many painful and damaging side effects from the transvaginal mesh.  The top two side effects are erosion and organ perforation.

Erosion

When a vaginal mesh implant works its way through the soft tissue in the body it is called “erosion.” This can be extremely painful. In a lot of cases the mesh becomes brittle and breaks apart. These small pieces then erode into the tissue which can lead to heavy bleeding and nerve damage. Sometimes it can even lead to exposure where a piece of the mesh is visible externally. This can cause infection and often times can make sexual intercourse so painful that it becomes impossible.

Unfortunately, since the mesh breaks apart it becomes very difficult to remove. Some woman will endure several surgeries and still the mesh product may never be completely removed.

Organ Perforation

This complication, or side effect, can be extremely dangerous. Organ perforation is what occurs when the small, sharp pieces of mesh cut through the pelvic and vaginal walls and then cut or “perforate” into another nearby organ. (e.g. the bladder, bowel or the rectum) This can cause urine or stool to leak into the bloodstream, which could cause fatal complications. Organ perforation will almost always require an additional surgery to fix the damage.

Other complications and side effects from TVM implants may include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Bruising
  • Severe groin, pelvic, or genital pain
  • Recurrence of prolapse or incontinence (the issue it was intended to fix)
  • Urinary retention
  • Blood in the stool or urine
  • Degrading of the mesh implant
  • Different Infections ( including urinary tract infections known as UTIs)
  • Neuro-muscular problems
  • Hematomas
  • Autoimmune issues
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Vaginal shortening or shrinkage
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Vaginal discharge

If you or anyone you know is suffering from these or similar complications from a TVM surgery do not hesitate to call us at The LaBovick Law Group for your free consultation. This is a subject that we are very involved with and care deeply about. We want to help those who have suffered get the justice and compensation they deserve!

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