Tens of thousands of women have undergone surgical repair for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) using transvaginal mesh.
Although transvaginal mesh was initially believed to provide a long-lasting, less-invasive option than other surgical treatments, a growing amount of evidence suggests that transvaginal mesh devices are potentially ineffective and may contribute to a number of serious health complications
What Is Transvaginal Mesh?
Transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder sling, is a device made of surgical mesh that is meant to support the pelvic organs.
For POP patients, transvaginal mesh is intended to reinforce a weakened vaginal wall while holding the organs in place. POP occurs when the muscles and tissue around the pelvic organs begin to weaken or stretch, which results in the uterus or bladder slipping out of place and/or bulging into the vaginal wall.
The device is designed to provide a similar function for women who suffer from SUI, an involuntary urine leakage that typically occurs during physical activity. In patients with SUI, transvaginal mesh is specifically meant to help support the urethra to help reduce urinary incontinence.
Transvaginal Mesh Complications
Between 2008 and 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received nearly 3,000 reports of complications linked to transvaginal mesh, more than double the amount of complaints from 2005 to 2007. From 2008 to 2010, seven deaths associated with POP procedures using transvaginal mesh were reported.
Complications attributed to defective transvaginal mesh include:
- Internal bleeding
- Mesh erosion into the vagina
- Mesh migration
- Organ damage
- Pain during intercourse
- Pain during urination
- Recurrence of POP or SUI
- Vaginal pain
- Vaginal scar tissue
Severe injuries caused by defective transvaginal mesh require immediate medical attention, including the possibility of reparative surgery. Sadly, some of these complications are irreversible and may result in a decreased quality of life.
Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers
Complications from defective transvaginal mesh have been associated with a number of brand names, including transvaginal mesh devices manufactured by:
- American Medical Systems (AMS)
- Boston Scientific
- C.R. Bard
- Johnson & Johnson
If you received a transvaginal mesh or bladder sling device made by one of these companies, you may be at risk for injury.
If you’ve suffered health complications that you believe are the result of a defective transvaginal mesh, please contact Long & Long online or by phone at (251) 432-2277 for your free case evaluation.