Transvaginal Mesh and Removal Surgeries

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UPDATED: Jul 16, 2021

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Women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence may opt for a surgical treatment method to repair their pelvic floor disorder, which often includes transvaginal mesh implantation. However, the transvaginal mesh implantation devices have been reported to cause numerous complications, including but not limited to, bleeding, chronic pain, infection, pain during intercourse, urinary problems, and potential exposure of mesh through the wall of the vagina. Along with these physical ailments, women have complained of emotional and psychological problems. In an attempt to correct these ailments, many women will opt for surgery to remove the transvaginal mesh.

Even though the subsequent surgeries may be more painful and more complicated, due to the exorbitant list of complications from the initial implantation surgery, some of which may be permanent, many women will attempt to have the transvaginal mesh removed. For some women, complete mesh removal is possible. However, for other women, due to the complications from the type of mesh that was used in the original surgery, only part of the mesh can be removed.

Mesh Removal Is Difficult

During the transvaginal mesh removal surgery, the surgeon attempts to remove as much mesh as possible, without causing further issues, and will repair the remaining damaged tissue. Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh is considered a permanent implant, which can often make the removal of the mesh quite difficult. Due to this added layer of risk, women become more susceptible to additional complications and symptoms. Furthermore, over time, tissue grows around and into the mesh, often known as adhesions, so it becomes a very delicate process to remove the mesh without damaging the surrounding tissue and organs.

Multiple Surgeries to Remove Mesh

Some women may continue to suffer, even after multiple removal surgeries, simply because, in some situations, complete mesh removal is impossible. For some women, the mesh becomes infused within the surrounding tissues, making it impossible to completely remove. Since there is remaining mesh, those women will be left with lifelong medical issues, of course, all with varying degrees of permanency.

There are even some women who have three or more surgeries to correct damage and to attempt to remove all of the degraded transvaginal mesh material. While sometimes necessary, revision surgery is often more painful and requires a longer recovery period than the original transvaginal mesh implantation procedure.

Women who suffer physically, emotionally, and/or psychologically from transvaginal mesh removal surgeries should contact an attorney that specializes in this area to pursue compensation for their medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and any related out-of-pocket expenses due to the malfunction of the transvaginal mesh devices and their subsequent removal surgeries.

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