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Risks Associated with Transvaginal Mesh Implants

The dangers of vaginal mesh devices and bladder slings

In addition to the possible side effects and complications some women experience after the implantation of vaginal mesh or bladder slings, transvaginal mesh also poses several distinct risks. These can be broken down into two categories: surgical risks and post-operative risks.

Surgical risks

As with any surgery, there are always risks of complications arising during the procedure. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine comparing anterior colporrhaphy and transvaginal mesh treatments — both of which involve surgery — for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) revealed that surgeries involving pelvic mesh resulted in:

  • Higher rates of bowel perforation
  • Higher risk of hemorrhaging during surgery

Those who received surgical mesh implants were much more likely to require future surgeries to treat POP and deal with transvaginal mesh side effects.1

Additionally, the FDA's July 13, 2011 alert concerning the risks of pelvic mesh implanted transvaginally stated that transvaginal mesh surgery exposes patients to risks other POP and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) treatments do not have based on their studies from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2011.2 Three deaths from transvaginal mesh surgical complications were reported to the FDA during this period of time.3

Risks after surgery

Long-term risks associated with transvaginal mesh implants include:

  • The return of pelvic organ prolapse
  • An increased risk of stress urinary incontinence developing or recurring
  • An increased risk of organ perforation
  • Loss of quality of life if the mesh implant erodes
  • Mesh shrinkage and travel through skin tissue in the vagina and rectum

Four deaths linked to post-surgery complications, including infection, were reported between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010.4

Reach out to a transvaginal mesh lawyer for assistance

Contact an attorney if you or a loved one has received a transvaginal implant and is suffering from negative side effects or complications. Speaking to a lawyer allows you to explore your legal options and move past your fears of the unknown. Call 888-499-8433 now or fill out our simple online form.