Signs of Mesh Erosion

February 28, 2012

Surgical mesh is a medical tool used by doctors for the repair of damaged or injured tissue in various parts of the body. In the field of urogynecology, mesh is used to strengthen and lift the urethra in the treatment of both POP (pelvic organ prolapse) and SUI (stress urinary incontinence); this mesh can be made from both synthetic (with absorbable and non-absorbable options) and biologic material. In some cases, this can be a permanent solution to bladder control issues, but unfortunately this type of treatment has been linked to several very severe complications including mesh erosion.

What is Mesh Erosion?

Mesh erosion (also called extrusion, exposure, and protrusion) occurs when the mesh device is not compatible with the surrounding tissues and forcibly pushes through them. Signs of mesh erosion include harsh vaginal/pelvic pain, heightened discomfort during sexual intercourse, and even an inability to have intercourse. The partners of women suffering from mesh erosion may also experience pain to their penis as well. On July 13th of 2011, the United States Food and Drug Administration released an update to a previously released Safety Communication regarding the “Serious Complications Associated with Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh.” According to this report, mesh erosion is not rare; in the years since 2008 the FDA has received nearly 3,000 adverse event reports regarding mesh erosion.

Other Mesh Complications

In addition to mesh erosion, the following injuries have been reported to the FDA by the recipients of transvaginal mesh treatment:

  • Severe Pain (especially during intercourse)
  • Infections
  • Neuro-Muscular problems
  • Organ perforation
  • Bleeding
  • Vaginal shrinking and scarring
  • Urinary problems and reoccurrence of SUI/POP
  • Emotional problems

Many of these mesh related complications require extensive surgery and/or hospitalization for treatment, both of which can be very expensive. For this reason, many women who suffer from mesh erosion or other complications choose to file a lawsuit in order to possibly obtain reimbursement or aide for these expenses.

File a Mesh Erosion Lawsuit: Speak to an Attorney Today

If you have been treated for POP or SUI with transvaginal mesh or a bladder sling device and have experienced mesh erosion or other complications, call the Willis Law Firm today. You may have a potential mesh erosion lawsuit, and our talented team of legal professionals can provide you with all of the relevant information you need to pursue this type of litigation. When you call, you will be provided with a completely free, no-obligation mesh erosion lawsuit consultation conducted by a female consultant trained in discussing these sensitive Women’s Health Issues. Mesh erosion cases are taken on a contingency fee basis; no legal fees will be billed unless a recovery is obtained.

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