Vaginal Mesh Revision Surgeries

February 23rd, 2016

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Thousands of women are experiencing a range of severe symptoms after vaginal mesh procedures. The transvaginal mesh implantation surgery is performed to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). After the surgery, many women report severe pain, incontinence, the inability to engage in intercourse, bleeding, erosion of the mesh through the vaginal wall and internal tissues, fatigue, and infections. The FDA now acknowledges that these side effects following vaginal mesh surgery are not rare. Many women have chosen to undergo transvaginal mesh revision surgery in an effort to alleviate their symptoms.

Revision Surgery

Although the initial mesh surgeries are performed transvaginally, some revision surgeries require a traditional open surgical procedure. This means that the surgery may be more invasive, and the risks due to bleeding and infection may be higher. In addition, any surgery comes with risks inherent to anesthesia. Risks noted with vaginal mesh revision surgery include excessive bleeding, damage to the bladder, ureters, or bowel, and even death. Risks during recovery from the surgery include blood clots, scarring, bowel obstruction, infection, an opening of the incision, and bladder incontinence.

The revision surgery is often complicated as tissue grows through the mesh, and the mesh can curl and degrade over time. Put simply, the mesh cannot easily be removed. It is composed of a polymer and over time it constricts. This process further embeds the mesh in the tissues. During surgery, the surgeon must remove an area of tissue surrounding the mesh. Sometimes the tissue has eroded through the bladder or bowel and has to be removed with extreme care in order to prevent further damage to pelvic tissues. Revision surgery is very expensive, and recovery time may be significant.

Revision Surgery Failures

Sadly, a single revision surgery may not be enough to remove all of the mesh and repair damaged tissues. Many women require multiple surgeries and even still report ongoing symptoms. Each revision surgery means greater risk of complications and the pain of recovery. A study performed by the University of Michigan indicates that 50 percent of women still report pain following revision surgery, and 25 percent still experience pain during sexual intercourse.

Medical manufacturers promoted vaginal mesh as a simple fix for incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Instead, the effects of the mesh have been devastating for a number of women. In addition to their ongoing pain and suffering, they face medical bills from revision surgeries, and months of recovery time. If your vaginal mesh surgical procedure resulted in painful side effects or you had to undergo a revision procedure, contact us online today, at 877-717-5342, or 256-543-HURT. We will fight for the compensation you deserve and justice in your case.

 

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