On October 20, 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an FDA Advisory regarding serious complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh, also known as vaginal mesh. The vaginal mesh FDA advisory stated that, over the last three years, the FDA has received more than 1,000 reports from nine vaginal mesh manufacturers of complications that were associated with vaginal mesh devices used to repair Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence. Among the vaginal mesh products associated with complications are the Avaulta Biosynthetic Support System and Avaulta Plus Biosynthetic Support Systems, both of which are manufactured by Bard.

Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

If you were treated for Stress Urinary Incontinence or Pelvic Organ Prolapse with surgery that involved the placement of vaginal mesh through an incision in the vaginal wall, you may be at risk for developing

serious medical complications. According to the vaginal mesh FDA advisory, one of the most common vaginal mesh side effects is surgical mesh infection. Other possible vaginal mesh complications include:

  • erosion through vaginal epithelium
  • pain
  • urinary problems
  • recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence
  • bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation
  • dyspareunia (pain during intercourse)

The vaginal mesh FDA advisory stated that the FDA has not yet determined whether specific characteristics put some patients at an increased risk for vaginal mesh complications. Contributing factors 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), and possibly estrogen status.

Treatment of Vaginal Mesh Complications

Treatment of the various types of complications associated with vaginal mesh may require additional surgical procedures (some of them to remove the vaginal mesh), IV therapy, blood transfusions, and drainage of hematomas or abscesses.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer

If you or a loved one has experienced the painful complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced vaginal mesh lawyer for a free and confidential case evaluation regarding your potential vaginal mesh lawsuit.

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Published November 17, 2011 by