Transvaginal Mesh – Pelvic Organ Prolapse Complications

Woman in pain

Did you have surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or urinary incontinence? Have you been living with severe pelvic pain and infections due to a vaginal mesh surgery that you thought would make your life better?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned women that mesh implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence may cause serious health risks, including:

  • Severe Pelvic Pain
  • Frequent Infections
  • Mesh Failure / Mesh Erosion
  • Puncturing Pelvic Organs
  • Additional Surgeries
  • Lifelong Related Complications
  • Death

If you, or someone you love, have undergone surgery for pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence, you're probably angry and frustrated. The surgery was supposed to make your life better, when in fact it's making lives worse for thousands of women across the country.

Now, the Food and Drug Administration agrees that these surgeries can pose a high risk for women.

You trusted that the vaginal mesh surgery would improve your life. You thought it would cure your pelvic organ prolapse or stop your urinary incontinence, but that may not be the case.

You may be entitled to compensation for your medical complications. Protect your legal rights with Edgar Snyder & Associates.

FDA Warning on Transvaginal Mesh Implants

In July 2011, the FDA released a report on vaginal mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.

Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which the bladder collapses or the rectum pushes through the wall of the vagina. Urinary stress incontinence causes people to "leak" urine when coughing, sneezing, jumping, or doing an activity that puts pressure on the bladder. Both are quite common in women and can affect their ability to enjoy life, and cause them embarrassment.

The FDA stated that the vaginal mesh implants may pose serious medical problems, and that women should understand the risks before undergoing the surgery. At least seven deaths have been reported. Many need to undergo multiple surgeries to remove pieces of the mesh from causing even more issues.

Other common effects of the surgery include:

  • Mesh Erosion
  • Severe Pain (Abdominal or Pelvic)
  • Urinary Tract Problems
  • Bleeding From the Mesh Site
  • Damage to Vital Organs Near the Mesh Site
  • Need for More Surgery
  • Recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Urinary Incontinence

To make matters worse, the complications may not develop until months or even years later.

Until recently, many physicians were unaware of the health risks associated with transvaginal mesh.