Common Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) resulting from weakened pelvic muscles or ligaments is common in older women, and many doctors have started using surgical mesh to secure the uterus, bladder or bowel. The transvaginal procedure was considered less invasive than abdominal surgery, but now, after thousands of women have suffered serious transvaginal mesh (TVM) side effects, these practices are under increased scrutiny.

The latest 2011 data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows 2,874 reports of adverse events with surgical mesh, including:

  • Erosion of mesh into soft tissues
  • Pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Infections and bleeding at the site of the mesh implant
  • Urinary tract problems
  • Organ damage

Erosion was a side effect in 10 percent of all POP mesh repairs, although this complication appeared more quickly after TVM surgery (four months) than with abdominal surgery (15 months). The transvaginal approach had a greater risk for complications than an abdominal incision. Organ damage can be attributed to mesh failure or doctor error during the surgery.

There are instances when surgical mesh is the right choice, but for thousands of women now coping with long-term and disabling side effects, it appears that the TVM products their doctors used were untested and unsafe. If you have injuries from a TVM procedure, report it to the FDA. Educate yourself with reliable transvaginal mesh lawsuit information and speak with a reputable law firm about filing a claim for damages.

Phillips Law Offices has an outstanding reputation in injury law, medical malpractice and defective product liability. We use our expertise in these areas to build strong cases for our clients who were injured following TVM surgeries. Contact us today so we can help with your case.