No Easy Fix for Transvaginal Mesh Complications

Surgical mesh has long been used for hernias, so using it to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) seemed like a logical alternative to traditional reparative surgery. Then many physicians began inserting the mesh transvaginally, since this seemed less complicated than abdominal surgery. Unfortunately, the medical establishment did not put these assumptions to the test with rigorous clinical trials. In 2010, the transvaginal procedure was used in 75,000 of the 100,000 POP mesh surgeries. That same year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began investigating reports of serious transvaginal mesh complications, some of which required women to undergo multiple corrective surgeries.

According to the FDA, transvaginal mesh (TVM) complications can include:

  • Erosion of the mesh through the vaginal wall
  • Fistula
  • Blocked urethra
  • Perforated bladder or bowel
  • Nerve damage

Erosion is one of the most common TVM complications and is extremely difficult to treat. Surgically removing synthetic mesh that has penetrated soft tissue is a laborious, painful procedure. If the mesh is removed, the original POP problems will need to be addressed. In many cases, however, it is impossible to excise all the mesh.

Recovering from a TVM complication can be a long, costly process. Experienced pelvic mesh lawyers understand how important it is to look at all aspects of a TVM implant case to determine the liability of the responsible parties. With a strong lawsuit, you may be able to claim damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of spousal relations.

At Phillips Law Offices, you will get the benefit of our 65 years of experience successfully representing clients in medical malpractice lawsuits, including transvaginal mesh injuries. Contact us to set up an appointment to discuss your case.