Transvaginal mesh was supposed to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Permanently implanted in the vaginal wall of a woman, transvaginal mesh supposedly helps in the treatment of POP and SUI. Both conditions can be debilitating which is supposed to ease with the transvaginal mesh. However, this has not been the case as more women experienced serious complications instead of get treated.
According to the website of Williams Kherkher, recent studies and reports have showed that transvaginal mesh is far less reliable and effective than it used to claim. As of 2015, a total of 70,000 lawsuits were filed against mesh manufacturers. Most of those who filed the case alleged that mesh manufacturers were legally bound to ensure the safety and effectiveness of their products. However, they misled patients by giving them false information. Today, there are over 49,000 lawsuits filed against seven mesh manufacturers in the state of West Virginia alone.
The biggest complication of transvaginal mesh failure is erosion or organ perforation. The former can be extremely painful because it can affect a woman’s soft internal tissues. At the same time, it will require multiple surgeries to repair and there is no assurance of a fix. A defective mesh can protrude to nearby organs such as the bladder.
Another painful side effect of transvaginal mesh failure is organ perforation. When it erodes it can cause organs such as the bladder, urethra, or rectum to puncture. Severe cases of organ perforation can result to infection and difficulty in breathing. Once they puncture, the organs can leak urine or waste into the bloodstream which can cause septic shock. It may include other complications such as:
- Severe pelvic, genital, or groin pain
- Recurrence of prolapse or incontinence
- Nerve damage
- Vaginal scarring
- Neuro-muscular problems
- Blood in the stool or urine