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Surgical mesh complications can include SUI, POP and much more. Injured women say that both physical and emotional pain are part of the ugly truth being discovered.

Surgical Mesh Side Effects & Symptoms

There are numerous potential surgical mesh injuries being reported across the nation. Two of the most serious surgical mesh injuries are stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). SUI is a condition where a woman loses urine during physical activities that increase abdominal pressure. The level of physical activity can be something as simple as a sneeze, cough or laugh. POP is a condition that occurs when the normal support for the vagina is lost. It is basically a sagging or dropping of the bladder, the urethra, the cervix and the rectum.

In addition to SUI injuries and POP injuries. One of the most common surgical mesh side effects, according to injury lawyers, is a bad infection because the devices are so hard to get out once the tissue infiltrates. Women with a defective surgical mesh product wind up with extreme pain, urinary problems, urine leakage, mesh erosion into vaginal tissue and scarring. The mesh can actually harden because scar tissue forms around the foreign body. After that, a patient can have a recurrence of the pelvic organ prolapse or the incontinence.

It can be also dangerous putting the mesh in because, even though it’s designed to be put in with minimally invasive surgery, you can still have side effects such as bowel perforation or bladder perforation or blood vessel perforation during insertion. There can also be problems with chronic vaginal drainage or bleeding. For sexually active women, there can be pain during intercourse. There can also be vaginal pain that’s not related to intercourse. Some women report feeling pressure or fullness in their lower abdomen, a foreign body feeling or a feeling of something protruding from the vagina.

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Surgical Mesh Injury Repair

So, what happens when these surgical mesh devices have to be taken out and what might be used in its place? According to product liability lawyers who handle Bard Avaulta surgical mesh lawsuits, every case is different and different doctors will likely approach it in different ways.

Even though doctors were told that the surgical mesh was a great appliance that could be used to support the pelvic floor, it’s now being discovered that they don’t work as well as they should. Unfortunately, many of those same doctors are directing patients to a gynecological surgeon to see what, if anything, can be done once the device has failed.