Vaginal Mesh Side Effects FAQ

For women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, a vaginal mesh implant can alleviate certain symptoms associated with these conditions. Women who have or are contemplating transvaginal mesh surgery need to be aware of the potential side effects related to these devices.

What is the most common problem associated with vaginal mesh?

One of the primary problems associated with transvaginal mesh is erosion. Erosion occurs when the device shifts or slips out of place and eventually pushes its way through the vaginal wall, potentially causing additional side effects. Women whose mesh device erodes may require multiple surgeries to correct any problems.


What side effects can vaginal mesh erosion cause?

Once a vaginal mesh device erodes, it puts the patient at risk for additional complications. These may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Bowel or bladder perforation
  • Blood vessel or tissue damage
  • Severe pain


Can eroding vaginal mesh impair my ability to have sexual intercourse?

One issue that is of primary concern to many women who have a vaginal mesh implant is whether the device will impact their ability to engage in sexual relations with their significant other. If the transvaginal mesh fails, women may experience severe pain during intercourse that can inhibit their desire to engage in sex. The mesh can also cause an uncomfortable sensation of tightening that may make sex difficult. Their partners may also be able to feel the vaginal mesh during intercourse, which may cause discomfort.


Can eroded vaginal mesh be removed?

According to a 2011 safety communication issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,

“Removal of [vaginal] mesh due to mesh complications may involve multiple surgeries and significantly impair the patient’s quality of life. Complete removal of   mesh may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications, including pain.”

If you experienced complications caused by vaginal mesh, you should consult your doctor to determine if removal of the device is an option.


What should I do if I suffered vaginal mesh side effects?

If you or a loved one was injured by eroding vaginal mesh, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries from the device’s manufacturer. Numerous women across the country have filed lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson, American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific and others, citing injuries caused by a mesh device. If you think you may have grounds for a claim, you should waste no time in contacting an experienced vaginal mesh attorney to discuss your case.

Nadrich & Cohen, LLP represents vaginal mesh injury victims in all 50 states. For more information on filing a vaginal mesh claim, call 1-800-718-4658.

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