Transvaginal Mesh is a type of surgical mesh which is used to repair weakened or damaged tissue in the pelvis. This mesh is usually made of synthetic material, such as polypropylene or polyester. Transvaginal mesh is used to fix Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP): Pelvic Organ Prolapse happens when the tissue which holds the pelvic organs in place become stretched or weakened. POP can affect the uterus, the bladder, the rectum, or the bowel. The weakened tissue can no longer hold these organs in place, and they may begin to bulge into the vagina or the bladder. According to the FDA, 30%-50% of women will experience POP in their lifetime, but only 2% will develop the symptoms.
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI): Stress Urinary Incontinence occurs when the pelvic muscles are weakened. These weakened muscles allow the leakage of urine during physical activity, or when laughing or sneezing.
Transvaginal mesh has been used to treat these conditions for several years. However, it has been discovered recently that using transvaginal mesh to treat POP and SUI can cause serious complications for the patient. The FDA has released a public safety communication which outlines the potential risks of transvaginal mesh, which include:
- The erosion of the mesh through the vaginal wall
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Injury to nearby organs
THE POTENTIAL DANGERS LINKED TO TRANSVAGINAL MESH
Many of these side effects may make additional surgeries necessary to correct the damage caused by the transvaginal mesh. According to the FDA, in the case of erosion through the vaginal wall, even multiple surgeries will not fix the damage.
On January 4, 2012 the FDA issued an order which requires surgical mesh makers to study the effects of mesh on women. The makers will now be required to collect data on the potential dangers of transvaginal mesh procedures.
If you have been injured by the adverse effects of transvaginal mesh, then you may be entitled to compensation. The Cincinnati defective product lawyers at the law firm of O’Connor, Acciani & Levy Co., LPA has a reputation for standing up for the rights of injured people against the interests of big businesses. Our experienced attorneys have helped hundreds of clients who have been injured by faulty products.