Vaginal mesh (also known as transvaginal mesh), which is most commonly used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), has recently been linked to several serious complications and side effects. According to a vaginal mesh FDA advisory, more than 1,000 women have reported developing one (or more) vaginal mesh complications over the last three years. The most frequently-reported vaginal mesh complications include:

  • erosion through vaginal epithelium
  • infection
  • pain
  • urinary problems
  • recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence

Other vaginal mesh complications may be caused during insertion of the mesh. These complications may include bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation. In some cases, discomfort and pain (including dyspareunia) from vaginal scarring and vaginal mesh erosion could lead to a significant decrease in patient quality of life. Treatment of the various types of vaginal mesh complications may require additional surgical procedures (some of them to remove the Bard Avaulta mesh), IV therapy, blood transfusions, and drainage of hematomas or abscesses.

Transvaginal Mesh Complications Risk Factors

The FDA has not yet determined whether specific characteristics put

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some patients at an increased risk for vaginal mesh complications. Factors contributing to vaginal mesh complications may include:

  • the patient’s overall health
  • the vaginal mesh material
  • the size and shape of the vaginal mesh
  • the surgical technique used
  • concomitant procedures undertaken (e.g. hysterectomy)
  • estrogen status

In order to help the FDA learn more about vaginal mesh side effects, physicians and patients are strongly encouraged to report any vaginal mesh complications online, by fax, or by mail to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program. For a list of vaginal mesh models and brands, see our general vaginal mesh page.

Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects Attorney

If you or a loved one has experienced serious vaginal mesh complications, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. By filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit on your behalf, an experienced vaginal mesh lawyer may be able to help you collect compensation for medical bills, lost compensation, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact our law firm today for a free and confidential case evaluation from a qualified vaginal mesh side effects attorney. Felecia Stern is one of our lawyers working with vaginal mesh victims.  She can be reached privately at (877) 779-1414 (ext. 211) or by email at

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