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How dangerous is transvaginal mesh?

If you are a Louisiana female who suffered from pelvic organ prolapse and underwent surgery to correct that condition, your surgeon may have implanted transvaginal mesh as part of your surgical procedure. Women’s Health notes that transvaginal mesh has commonly been used in pelvic organ prolapse surgeries because it is strong and supports your tissues and organs after surgery.

When you suffer from pelvic organ prolapse, your uterus, rectum and/or bladder begin to descend from your vagina. Many overweight women develop this condition, as do women who have vaginally delivered children. Some women are genetically predisposed to it. The only “cure” for pelvic organ prolapse is surgery, and your surgeon implants transvaginal mesh, a small net-like material, at the surgical site to promote healing, hold up your affected organs, and stop them from descending any further.

From miracle cure to high health risk

Transvaginal mesh has been around for nearly 20 years. It originally was marketed to doctors as being a safe, durable material that worked much better than using a woman’s own body tissues to repair pelvic organ prolapse. What was later discovered, however, is that manufacturers had not done much testing as to the long-term effects of the product.

The FDA first issued warnings about the risk of transvaginal mesh in 2008. By 2014, it had reclassified the risk of its usage from moderate to high. Many women have suffered such post-surgery effects as the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Urinary and/or fecal incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Migration of the mesh through their vaginal wall into other organs

In recent years, thousands of women who received transvaginal mesh implants have suffered serious complications from this implant and have filed lawsuits against their doctors and the product’s manufacturers. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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