Eroding Vaginal Mesh May Cause Serious Side Effects

The safety of vaginal mesh devices has become the object of increasing scrutiny by federal health officials. Women who’ve been implanted with a transvaginal mesh device need to be aware of the potentially complications that can occur if their mesh implant begins to erode.

Transvaginal mesh was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat stress urinary incontinence, a side effect of pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse or POP is a condition that involves the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. If left untreated, the condition can cause the internal organs to sag or even extrude from the vaginal opening.

In January 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would require vaginal mesh manufacturers to conduct additional safety evaluations of these devices. Among those manufacturers targeted include Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems, all of which are currently facing lawsuits filed on behalf of women who say they were seriously injured by a vaginal mesh device.

One of the primary complications associated with these devices is erosion of the mesh implant. Erosion means that the vaginal mesh device has shifted its position inside the body. In some cases, the mesh will work its way through the vaginal wall or other body tissues, causing damage in the process. Vaginal mesh erosion can result in painful and potentially serious complications, including:

  • Severe pelvic pain
  • Internal bleeding
  • Bowel or bladder perforation
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Painful intercourse

Women who experience erosion of their vaginal mesh implant often have to undergo additional surgery to correct the damage caused by the device. In some cases, additional surgery may not be able to repair the damage caused by eroded vaginal mesh, leaving the patient to deal with the painful consequences.

If you or a loved one experienced any of these side effects after receiving a mesh implant, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Contacting an experienced All cases are accepted on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless a settlement is recovered on your behalf.

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