What are the symptoms of pelvic mesh complications?
Transvaginal mesh failure symptoms cannot be ignored. They are a sign that the surgical mesh inserted in your vagina to support prolapsing pelvic organs and tissues is either eroding or cutting into the delicate tissues surrounding the mesh. If left untreated, transvaginal mesh failure can cause chronic infections, lifelong incontinence, irreversible damage, and even death.
Have You Experienced Transvaginal Mesh Failure Symptoms?
If you experience any of the following transvaginal mesh failure symptoms, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately and consult a qualified legal professional regarding your rights. Your transvaginal mesh manufacturer is 100% responsible and liable for any and all complications related to transvaginal mesh failures, including the costs for revision or removal surgeries and follow-up treatments.
Here are five of the most common symptoms of transvaginal mesh failure:
- Unusual bleeding. Erosion, a process by which the metal surgical mesh begins to wear through the soft tissues, and perforation, when the mesh punctures or tears surrounding tissues and organs, can cause bleeding.
- Chronic infections. Women experiencing transvaginal mesh failure symptoms may contract chronic bladder and vaginal infections. In some cases, these infections are the result of the continual irritation and inflammation caused by the mesh. In others, infections are the result of perforations or erosion. Schedule an examination if you are having repeat bouts of bladder, kidney or vaginal infections, fevers, abdominal or pelvic tenderness, or uncomfortable vaginal pain.
- Atypical vaginal discharge. Infections and inflammation caused by a transvaginal mesh will typically cause larger quantities of vaginal discharge, which may have an unusual color or odor.
- A new version of urinary incontinence. Mild urinary incontinence is often overlooked by women with a transvaginal mesh because they may associate it with childbirth, menopause, or weakening vaginal muscles. However, if your incontinence started after your transvaginal mesh surgery, or the incontinence changes or becomes more severe, it should be evaluated by a medical professional.
- Pain during sexual intercourse. The erosion and perforation of transvaginal mesh can create pressure or punctures in the soft vaginal walls, causing you excruciating pain. In some cases, your partner may also be able to feel the mesh material. In other cases, having intercourse may be entirely impossible.
In 2011, the FDA released a public statement expressing that transvaginal mesh complications associated were not rare and their effectiveness in treating pelvic organ prolapse over other options was questionable. The FDA also reports that transvaginal mesh surgeries performed between 2005 and 2010 have yielded close to 4,000 complaints of mesh-related injury, death, or malfunction.
Don’t be tempted to turn a blind eye to common transvaginal mesh failure symptoms. If you experience infections and pain, it is not normal and you have the right to do something about it. Should you find you are a victim of transvaginal mesh failure, quick medical attention is essential.
Like the more than 50,000 women who have already taken legal action, you are entitled to file a lawsuit claim and receive a settlement from the product’s manufacturer. Submit your surgical mesh case for a free legal review or call our offices at 1-866-242-0452 to see if your case could grant you compensation for your injuries.