When choosing a surgical procedure as a treatment method for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, the last thing that a woman wants is a complication that requires further surgery. Unfortunately, many women who receive transvaginal mesh surgery for POP and SUI will experience “mesh erosion,” a very painful complication that necessitates invasive (and sometimes repeated) surgeries to correct. Alarmingly, some cases of mesh erosion can never completely be resolved even following multiple surgeries. This happens when the mesh further breaks apart during surgery, making it impossible to completely retrieve.
Mesh erosion happens when the materials of the mesh or bladder sling device are not accepted and incorporated by the various tissues in the pelvic area. Mesh, or surgical mesh, comes in both biologic and synthetic variations and is used to strengthen the weakened tissues that can lead to bladder pressure, POP and SUI. When the device erodes through the walls of the vagina, the results can be extremely painful. This pain is often increased during sexual intercourse; many of the partners of women with mesh erosion also report pain experienced to the penis during intercourse. As mentioned above, surgery is required to treat mesh erosion.
According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, the erosion of transvaginal mesh through the walls of the vagina is the “most common and consistently reported mesh-related complication” following this type of treatment. Between the years of 2005 and 2007, over one thousand women reported mesh complications to the FDA; shockingly between the years of 2008-2001 this number nearly tripled and the FDA received 2,874 adverse event reports regarding transvaginal mesh devices. In addition to mesh erosion, many other complaints regarding these products were filed ranging from vaginal scarring all the way to neuro-muscular problems. In response to these various complications, many women file mesh lawsuits in order to help them cover their treatment and emotional expenses.
If you experienced mesh erosion or other complications following treatment with a transvaginal mesh or bladder sling device, you may have a legal entitlement to financial compensation. Call the Willis Law Firm today in order to receive valuable mesh erosion lawsuit information completely free and in confidence. We know that discussing these sensitive women’s issues can be potentially difficult, so we have a team of female consultants standing by for you. Although located in Houston, the Willis Law Firm is currently reviewing mesh erosion cases on a national level; all mesh erosion cases are taken on a contingency fee basis.