On July 13, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after receiving reports of almost 3,000 serious complications from transvaginal mesh implants, issued a Public Health Notice announcing serious complications from transvaginal mesh implants for the treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse are much more common than previously believed, and announcing women who undergo these procedures may be at a greater risk of complications versus other surgical treatments for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (i.e. rectocele, cystocele, cystourethrocele). The most prevalent complications from transvaginal mesh implantation include:
- erosion of the mesh implant
- contraction of the mesh implant
- pelvic and vaginal pain
- pain during intercourse
- urinary problems
- bowel and bladder perforation
- chronic vaginal discharge
- emotional problems
- additional surgeries
Many of the above complications may require subsequent surgeries and may dramatically decrease the recipient’s quality of life. In addition to surgery, complications from vaginal mesh implants may need additional medical care such as treatment for infections, drainage of abscesses and blood transfusions.
In light of the serious complications, the FDA recommended surgeons receive specialized training in transvaginal mesh placement, monitor patients closely post-surgery for the above complications and ensure patients are fully informed of the risks posed by transvaginal mesh implants.
The FDA is asking surgeons to carefully consider all other treatment options and to ensure their patients are fully informed of potential complications from surgical mesh. Mesh is a permanent implant. Complete removal may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications.
A common, and serious, complication from transvaginal mesh implantation is mesh erosion. Studies reveal approximately 10% of women who receive a vaginal mesh implant suffer mesh erosion within twelve months of implantation. Mesh erosion generally requires a revision surgery to remove the eroded mesh. In many cases, multiple surgeries are required.
If you received a vaginal mesh implant for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and suffered from any of the complications identified above, you may have a potential claim. Our experienced mass tort lawyers would be happy to guide you through the process of determining whether you have a valid legal claim for the injuries you suffered. Please call us at 1-888-933-5770, or complete our contact form to request a free legal consultation with a female professional.