When transvaginal mesh was first released, it was widely celebrated as a means to strengthen, reinforce or replace insufficient tissue density or elasticity in the vaginal wall. In more recent years, however, studies have proven surgical mesh to be far less reliable and effective than initially believed. In reality, it can result in significant complications and risks that far outweigh the benefits.
Possible side effects of transvaginal mesh include:
- Pain while urinating
- Prolapsed organs
- Pain during intercourse
- Urinary retention
- Mesh erosion into the vagina, bladder, uterus or intestines
- Contraction of the mesh
- Mesh exposure
In July of 2011, the deputy director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health asserted that “there are clear risks associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh to treat POP [pelvic organ prolapse].” It was also noted that, in some instances, transvaginal mesh devices cannot be fully removed once put in place, meaning an individual may not be able to fully recover from side effects if they arise.
Prior to 2011, however, transvaginal mesh was used to treat many common women’s health issues, including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
If you or someone you love has developed health complications as a result of a transvaginal mesh procedure, the highly skilled and dedicated legal team at Chenkin Law Firm can help. We will fight by your side to take legal action against those responsible, including the large pharmaceutical companies that developed and distributing these dangerous products. And we have the tools and resources necessary to help you get the compensation you deserve.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case, contact our offices today at (800) 721-7472.