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Women Who Have Vaginal Mesh Removal Procedures Risk Serious Injuries, Study Says

W.L. Meyers | September 26th, 2012

According to a new study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women who have vaginal mesh products surgically implanted to help manage medical conditions such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) may be putting themselves at a high risk of complications, which may be compounded should such mesh devices ever need to be removed.

The study, which was performed in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic and Spectrum Health Medical Group in Michigan, reported that between 4.4% to 14.5% of women who had such devices implanted may have experienced complications such as mesh erosion, pain, incontinence and recurrence of prolapse, which, in many cases, may require significant surgical procedures in order to correct the complications or to remove the device entirely.

It then goes on to suggest that women who are considering having the procedure should be counseled as to the potential side effects, as there may be significant consequences associated with the surgical procedure.  Because the devices are anchored near the uterus, women who have complications necessitating mesh removal risk serious injury to the uterus area, as well as organ puncture and a host of other side effects.

Vaginal mesh side effects lead to repeat surgeries, chronic pain

Those who experience transvaginal mesh side effects such as infection or erosion who must have the devices removed will often experience complications pertaining to the removal of the products because the mesh is designed to fuse within the vagina, making such removal very complicated. This may lead to additional surgeries or chronic, permanent pain.

Such mesh products have been the subject of intense FDA scrutiny, as at least 2,874 adverse event reports concerning such products were filed with the FDA between January 2008 and December 2010. Additionally, the FDA has reviewed data pertaining to the mesh, and has declared that there is no evidence that the mesh provides any benefits beyond what traditional surgical methods to treat POP and SUI can offer.

Women seek help with trasvaginal mesh lawyer

To date, thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in courts across the country as women claim that they were not adequately warned of risks associated with the transvaginal mesh products. There is currently an ongoing multidistrict litigation proceeding in West Virginia, wherein many women have sought the assistance of a transvaginal mesh lawyer after experiencing a range of conditions associated with such mesh products.

Transvaginal mesh lawsuit results in $5.5 million verdict

In one recent transvaginal mesh lawsuit, a California jury awarded a woman $5.5 million after she asserted that she experienced vaginal mesh side effects that required her to undergo eight surgeries.