What is Vaginal Mesh Erosion?
Between 2008 and 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received upwards of 1,500 complaints about vaginal mesh, which prompted the agency to issue a warning about the product. Women began experiencing post-surgical complications such as pain during sexual intercourse, swelling, and in some severe cases, internal bleeding. The cause of most of these symptoms turned out to be the erosion of the mesh material, which would begin to take place mere months after it was implanted. Pieces of the mesh would migrate into the vaginal canal causing pain, bleeding and infection. Additional surgery becomes necessary to correct this, but it does not always succeed. If the mesh cannot be repaired, it must be removed. Sometimes, more than one surgery is necessary to remove the eroded mesh from the body, as ABC News reported on its website in September. One woman underwent numerous surgeries and still is not certain whether all the mesh was removed from her body.
Vaginal mesh was supposed to be a low-risk solution for many women who were experiencing life-altering discomfort from bladder and other pelvic organ prolapses. Unfortunately, the surgical procedure has caused problems for thousands, leading some to file vaginal mesh lawsuits in order to receive compensation for injuries, pain and suffering.
Pelvic organ prolapse becomes more common in women after giving birth and as they go through menopause. The vaginal wall that was once strong enough to support the surrounding pelvic organs begins to weaken, causing the organs to shift downward. This shifting can cause stress incontinence and other issues which very often need to be corrected surgically. Vaginal mesh surgery became a popular procedure when companies like Johnson & Johnson introduced Gynecare Prolift, a surgical mesh product made specifically to be implanted in the vaginal wall to help it support the pelvic organs.
The Rottenstein Law Group Can Help Women Injured by Vaginal Mesh
If you or someone you know has had surgery for a prolapsed bladder or another type of pelvic surgery that involved the implantation of surgical mesh, and is experiencing symptoms consistent with malfunction, seek medical attention immediately. The next step is to contact a qualified personal injury attorney to see whether you or the person you know has grounds to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit.
The attorneys at the Rottenstein Law Group have over 25 years of collective experience advocating for victims of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices, as well as other products liability claims. RLG is offering free, confidential legal consultations, and all you need to do is click on this link or call this number, 1-800-624-9567, and one of our vaginal mesh attorneys will call you as soon as possible.
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