Vaginal mesh is used to treat stress urinary incontinence and other complications in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). If you’re considering vaginal mesh implant surgery, there are several key questions you should ask your doctor first.
Vaginal mesh was first approved by the FDA to treat pelvic organ prolapse in 1996. Prolapse or POP is a condition that results from a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, typically due to childbirth, weight gain or hysterectomy. Concerns over the safety of mesh implants has prompted the FDA to issue updated safety warnings, advising women and health care professionals of the potential risks associated with these devices.
If you or a loved one is contemplating a mesh implant, the FDA recommends asking your doctor the following questions before agreeing to the surgery.
- Why do you think I’m a good candidate for surgical mesh?
- Why is surgical mesh being chosen for my repair?
- What are the alternatives to transvaginal surgical mesh repair for pelvic organ prolapse (POP), including non-surgical options?
- What are the pros and cons of using surgical mesh in my particular case?
- Will my partner be able to feel the vaginal mesh during sexual intercourse?
- Which specific side effects should I report to you after the vaginal mesh surgery?
- What if the mesh surgery doesn’t correct my problem?
- If I have a complication related to the mesh, how likely is it that the surgical mesh could be removed and what could be the consequences?
The FDA has reported receiving thousands of consumer complaints from women who say they experienced serious complications after being implanted with a vaginal mesh device. These side effects include severe pain, tissue damage, blood vessel damage, scarring caused by eroding vaginal mesh, perforation of the bowel or bladder, difficulty urinating, pain during intercourse or inability to maintain normal sexual relations, bleeding and infection.
A number of women have filed civil lawsuits against the makers of vaginal mesh implants, including Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard and American Medical Systems. In addition to alleging serious side effects caused by the devices, the plaintiffs also claim that the manufacturers knew of the potential risk but did not take adequate steps to warn consumers of the dangers.
Before agreeing to a vaginal mesh implant, it’s important to be informed of the full range of risks involved. If you or a loved one has already undergone transvaginal mesh surgery and has experienced serious complications, you may also be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Your first priority should be contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP represents victims in all 50 states who’ve been injured by a defective medical device, including vaginal mesh. For more information on filing a vaginal mesh injury claim, call 1-800-718-4658.