Have You Suffered Complications Following the Use of Transvaginal Mesh?
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Transvaginal mesh is used to treat conditions such as organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, Transvaginal mesh does not always work as it is supposed to after it is implanted, leading to serious side effects including puncture of the bladder, bowel, or intestine.
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Revision Surgery for Transvaginal Mesh Complications
Transvaginal mesh products cause many problems that result from the mesh eroding or protruding beyond the intended location. Chronic pain, acute pain (especially during intercourse), recurrent pelvic organ prolapse and infection are just some of the potential medical problems that can arise. When a problem arises, an additional surgical procedure may be required.
A revision surgery can be done to reposition a bladder sling that is not in the proper location and that is extruding or causing other health issues. Sometimes, bladder slings may need to be repositioned in a revision surgery within just days of the original procedure. However, you normally will need to undergo weeks or even months of discomfort as your physician monitors how your transvaginal mesh sling is working to improve your health condition. If the sling is not working, your doctor will need to formulate a plan for how to proceed with the revision. In some cases, and especially for those who are suffering from pelvic organ prolapse, keeping the transvaginal mesh may not be possible at all.
When the revision procedure or removal procedure finally takes place, it can be difficult to move or remove the existing transvaginal mesh product. Additionally, the process of placing a new bladder sling in the correct location is not a simple task.
Transvaginal mesh has fine pieces of filament that can fuse with your body’s organs and tissues. The mesh, especially if it is eroding, may be in multiple locations in the pelvic region and may have become intertwined with your body, further complicating the removal process.
The removal of the mesh can be very painful and it is almost impossible to achieve full removal of the fine mesh in a single surgery. Typically, at least three to four procedures are required to remove the mesh, which is designed to be permanent. Some women report having many more surgeries and others indicate that the mesh and corrective procedures caused complications including hematoma that necessitated blood transfusions.
The surgical procedure to remove the mesh can require the physician to carefully excise tissue surrounding the mesh, actually removing surrounding tissue which often requires stitches. Once the removal process is complete, the physician will still need to provide a cure for the underlying prolapse. More and more, doctors are using the traditional method of strengthening the muscles with no mesh, since this method of treatment does not carry the serious risk of complications that goes along with TVM.
Effects and Lawsuits
By creating a sling to support the pelvic organs along the uterus, vagina, rectum, bowel, bladder or urethra, transvaginal mesh was used as a treatment for conditions such as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
Stress urinary incontinence is a medical condition that causes one to be unable to control the flow of urine, and may cause the person to urinate involuntarily as a result of sneezing or laughing. Pelvic organ prolapse involves organs around the pelvis shifting and encroaching on the walls of the vagina.
Unfortunately, in a majority of cases, transvaginal mesh products were creating more problems than solutions. When implanted during surgery, the mesh occasionally began to erode and there was a higher risk of infection at the site where the mesh had been implanted.
Adverse effects including incontinence, bleeding and pain during sexual intercourse were associated with the transvaginal mesh as were vaginal scarring; a punctured bladder, intestines or other organs; and recurring pelvic organ prolapse. A majority of the time, the only solution to relieving the side effects was to undergo surgery in order to correct the mistake previously made. This could take multiple corrective surgeries to ultimately solve the problem.
Due to the significant adverse effects and the often difficult and painful means of correcting transvaginal mesh problems, many women who had to undergo treatment have filed lawsuits leading up to class action suits. If you have been injured due to transvaginal mesh and are looking into filing a lawsuit, call the Attorney Injury group today for help.
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