The majority of complications that arise from the use of transvaginal mesh implants are due to erosion of the mesh. Some schools of thought believe that the skill of the surgeon has a role in whether the mesh will erode, but the evidence of this is inconclusive and case studies have shown that on the contrary, more traditional procedures may have a higher rate of success in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence with fewer complications. This data suggests that the transvaginal mesh may be the cause of post-operative injury rather than surgical error.
Case Studies on the Effectiveness of Transvaginal Mesh
A study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine compared 200 women who were implanted with transvaginal mesh slings to 189 women who were treated by a traditional procedure that is referred to as colporrhaphy. The study concluded that while the transvaginal mesh appeared to be more successful in treating pelvic organ prolapse in the short term, the traditional approach was more effective as a means of long term treatment. It was also revealed that the assertion by transvaginal mesh manufacturers that the transvaginal mesh implants required a less invasive and shorter operation was false and the operations required to implant the mesh were significantly longer than traditional procedures.
Claims Versus Reality
One of the main selling points on the use of transvaginal mesh is that it requires a much simpler surgery and results in fewer complications compared to other corrective procedures. The data on both of these assertions was alarming. Surgeries involving the transvaginal mesh had much higher rates of hemorrhage and internal bleeding and patients receiving the mesh were seven times more likely to suffer from perforation of the bowels, bladder or urethra. The cause of these issues is attributed to the erosion of the mesh, which can damage nearby organs and tissue once it begins to erode. Transvaginal mesh also produced twice the number of cases involving post-operative stress urinary incontinence.
Medical Concerns due to Mesh Erosion
Transvaginal mesh erosion can contribute to or be the cause of numerous medical conditions which include the following.
- Aforementioned perforation of the bowel, bladder or urethra
- A condition called recto-vaginal fistula which is when the wall dividing the bowel and the vagina is breached, allowing fecal matter to find its way into the vagina and surrounding tissues
- Infections and septic shock, which result when other complications go untreated.
- Chronic pain and discomfort
Legal Assistance for Women who Have Transvaginal Mesh Erosion
If you underwent a surgical procedure for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence and were injured due to the use of transvaginal mesh implants, you may be entitled to collect damages in the amount of the costs of the procedure, additional medical care required to remove the device and treat the injuries and the pain and suffering you endured. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are experienced in medical product liability cases and rely on access to trained medical professionals who are able to help assess the value of your case as well as provide expert testimony if needed to win your case.
Contact us today so that we can set up a free consultation and inform you on your rights and the steps that are needed to proceed with litigation. Our qualified attorneys will fight for everything you are entitled to in order to ensure that you are able to recover without any additional hassle. We are committed to the prosecution of your case. Our attorneys handle transvaginal mesh cases across the country.