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Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Complication Lawsuits

Why Suffer Without Compensation?

When patients have had operations performed on them by surgeons, it is important that the patient must be informed of all of the possible risks that go along with the surgery.  It is important that they be made aware of major risks that are inherent with any surgery such as, uncontrolled bleeding or problems with anesthesia not working, and also the lesser side effects such as nausea, pain and other adverse reactions.

While warning a patient about the possible dangers or complications from an upcoming surgery gives the surgical team and the hospital a modicum of protection, it doesn’t remove the risk to the patient of accidental procedural errors committed by any of the people involved in the surgery.  When same type of implant is called for, the chance of it being defective can also be a concern for the patient.

What Is It?

Transvaginal surgical mesh is a product that was designed to help women with Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) or Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).  The condition usually occurs after vaginal childbirth when the pelvic muscles are weakened or damaged.  Pressure and strain can cause a women to become incontinent or have serious other gynecological problems.

“Transvaginal surgical mesh has caused serious medical problems for thousands of women.  In October of 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that indicated there was a chance of serious complications with transvaginal surgical mesh.  Reports from 9 different manufacturers of transvaginal surgical indicated numerous problems as a result of the surgical implantation.  Those problems have led to thousands of transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits.”

Complications That Are Caused From Transvaginal Surgical Mesh:

  • Dyspareunia or pain from sexual intercourse
  • Erosion of vaginal tissue
  • Granuloma from tissue injury
  • High fever
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Mesh Extrusion
  • Mesh shrinkage or disintegration
  • Pelvic pain
  • Perforations of the bladder, bowel or blood vessels
  • Peri

    nea Cellulitis

  • Recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Stress Urinary Incontinence
  • Severe pain in the back, hips and legs
  • Vaginal pain
  • Vaginal discharge

The problem with transvaginal surgical mesh may be attributed to some degree with the manufacturing process.  This particular material that is used for making most surgical mesh products, including transvaginal mesh, is made of polypropylene plastics.  Polypropylene knitted mesh (PPKM) fabrics use monofilament yarns to achieve strength and a certain degree of holding power.  The material is coated with a substance that is used for killing germs, and has not always been as effective as it should be in preventing infection and other various complications.  Also, the weave of the surgical mesh can be two tight, making air circulation and oxygen in the implant area become inadequate.

Taking a look at Sudden Urinary Incontinence (SUI) more closely, it is estimated that possibly up to 11 million women in the United States are suffering to some degree from the condition.  The condition causes an often unexpected and embarrassing release of urine when pressure on the bladder neck triggers urination.  Certain actions like laughing, coughing, hiccupping or sneezing are potential triggers of sudden urinary incontinence.

Sudden Urinary Incontinence is a problem that approximately 40% of all women will experience at some point in their lives.  It’s not always a serious problem and can be treated with a number of different ways.  For less severe occurrences of SUI, techniques like biofeedback, kegel or pelvic exercises, dietary changes and drug therapy can be effective in treating the condition.  For others who have tried different therapies, the next step is transvaginal surgical mesh.

Women that have had this type of surgical procedure and are experiencing any of the multitudes of complications mentioned earlier in this article should first consult their doctors.  It is important to see a specialist (urologist) that has experience with diagnosing issues related to transvaginal surgical mesh.  If you feel the condition has caused you serious harm, consult an attorney and discuss the possibility of filing a transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuit.

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