Surgical mesh is used to repair various hernia conditions in both men and women. Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) are medical conditions that usually affect women who have had multiple vaginal deliveries, hysterectomies, or are experiencing post-menopause.
Doctors have performed minimally invasive surgical repairs for hernias, POPs, and SUIs using mesh devices. In women, this “bladder sling” is a device surgically implanted and used to lift sagging female organs into their normal position in the pelvic cavity. However, common complications with the mesh device include, but are not limited to:
- Complications and/or unusual activity of the intestines, bladder, bowel, or blood vessels.
- Disintegration of the mesh
- Erosion of vaginal tissue
- Extrusion of the mesh
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Recurrence of POP and SUI
- Severe pain
- Shrinkage of the mesh
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal Scarring
These painful injuries may appear immediately or years after the surgery, and in some cases may be irreparable due to nerve damage or unsuccessfully removing the entire mesh device.
Mesh411.com states, “… the FDA review found: (1) that many patients who underwent transvaginal POP repair with mesh were exposed to more risks than patients who underwent POP repair with no mesh; and, (2) that there was no evidence that the mesh slings provided any greater clinical benefit to women than surgeries without mesh.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing post-surgical complications due to a mesh device, call Lee, Gober & Reyna. We work closely with professional medical and legal teams to help you recover.