Vaginal Mesh: Complications Abound
Vaginal mesh is a surgical screen that is made from synthetic or biological polymers. It is used to help alleviate problems of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in women by providing reinforcement or support for tissues and bones in the area. Vaginal mesh is surgically implanted into the vaginal wall to provide this support and can be extremely helpful for women who are suffering from prolapse or incontinence problems.
However, it is a surgical procedure, and complications can arise; these may include: erosion, infections, and tearing of organs in addition to problems associated with the surgery itself, such as infections or medical errors.
Vaginal Mesh Helps And Harms
There is no doubt that vaginal mesh has been helpful for many thousands of women suffering from POP or SUI, but for a small subset of patients, the surgery has been life-changing – and not in a good way. The mesh can erode the vaginal wall, contract or shorten over time, and may even protrude through the vaginal wall. Women who experience complications from vaginal mesh report chronic pelvic pain, urinary problems, infections, pain with intercourse, bleeding, tearing of organs, and even a return of prolapse or incontinence. Unsurprisingly, many also report emotional distress.
often requires additional surgeries to repair or remove the mesh, and even if
the mesh is removed, women can experience lifelong pain and discomfort.
Has Vaginal Mesh Turned Your Life Into A Nightmare?
Vaginal mesh complications can destroy a woman’s life, but help is available. Some products have already been recalled from the market. Others are coming under intense scrutiny as complaints mount. Surgical procedures have been adapted to minimize the chance of complications, surgeons are being better trained, and other non-surgical treatment options are proving to be just as effective as mesh without the risk.
If you have had vaginal mesh surgery and are experiencing complications or pain that you believe is due to the mesh, contact The Beregovich Law Firm with offices in Orlando and Miami for a free consultation. It is not uncommon for women to have problems arise months and even years after their POP or SUI surgery. We can help you determine if you have grounds for a medical malpractice or product liability lawsuit.
Schedule your free consultation with our medical malpractice attorney, Andres Beregovich, by calling (800) 631-9009 or contacting us online.
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