Vaginal Mesh Complications
Written by Faith Anderson on May 20, 2014
Surgery to Remove Vaginal Mesh Often Fails to Correct Problems, Study Finds
A new study suggests that women who undergo vaginal mesh removal surgery may continue to suffer complications like pain and urinary incontinence.
Serious concerns have been raised in recent years about the potential side effects of transvaginal mesh products like Bard Avaulta mesh, and new research indicates that even women who undergo surgery to remove the potentially dangerous mesh may continue to experience lasting problems. As more information comes to light about the potential health risks tied to surgical mesh, more than 50,000 women across the country are pursuing lawsuits against the makers of vaginal mesh devices, which are commonly used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). If you have suffered serious injuries you believe to have been caused by a vaginal mesh device like Bard Avaulta mesh, contact a product liability lawyer today to discuss your legal options.
Possible Side Effects of Surgical Mesh
Women involved in the tranvasginal mesh litigation allege that they have suffered serious problems following vaginal mesh surgery, including erosion of the mesh through the vagina, infections, injury to internal organs, and other complications. In many cases, affected women have required revision surgery to remove transvaginal mesh, and some continue to pursue product liability claims for permanent injuries. A new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association appears to support these claims, suggesting that women who undergo surgery to remove vaginal mesh may continue to experience persistent pain and symptoms of urinary incontinence.
Pain, Urinary Incontinence Following Surgery
In the surgical mesh study, researchers from the University of California Los Angeles examined data on 214 women who had their vaginal mesh removed due to complications, and interviewed the women three years after surgery to evaluate their individual outcomes. According to the study findings, approximately one-third of the women continued to suffer moderate or severe pain three years after mesh revision surgery, with half of the women reporting experiencing pain during intercourse. Their findings also suggested that roughly 28% of the women continued to suffer urinary incontinence at least once a day after having their vaginal mesh removed.
An Experienced Vaginal Mesh Lawyer Can Help
These findings come less than a month after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its decision to reclassify transvaginal mesh products as class III high risk devices, calling for a more stringent premarket approval process for the potentially dangerous products. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of vaginal mesh, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous products, and can help put you in touch with an attorney who has experience handling surgical mesh claims. With a knowledgeable lawyer on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue financial compensation for your injuries.