Vaginal Mesh Problems with Transvaginal Placement
Bleeding Mesh Problems
One vaginal mesh problem that has been found to be more common than previously thought for POP repair patients is excessive bleeding. This bleeding can start sometime after the surgery and may not go away without further surgery. When a woman bleeds excessively, she may become anemic or even require hospitalization. If you are experiencing more than abnormal bleeding after pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery, you may be experiencing a pelvic mesh problem. Bleeding may result from extrusion of the mesh, a circumstance when pieces of the mesh work their way out of the pelvic tissues and into the vaginal cavity.
Infection Mesh Problems
Infection is a common mesh problem that results from the implantation of transvaginal surgical mesh. Infection can occur when the mesh disintegrates, erodes or extrudes, causing fragments of mesh to become lodged in body tissues. In many patients, pelvic mesh begins eroding within months of implantation; one study indicated that within a few months of surgery, 10% of the mesh had disintegrated. This means that while a surgery may seem to have been successful initially, a woman can begin to develop vaginal mesh problems like infection at a later time. When mesh pieces cause infection, surgery is usually required.
Erosion Mesh Problems
Mesh erosion is the most common mesh problem cited in the FDA safety alert on pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery. Mesh erosion causes a host of pelvic mesh problems, including bleeding, infection and severe vaginal pain. Most vaginal mesh is made of synthetic materials. Some patientsí bodies reject the mesh material, resulting in infection. The body can also push the mesh out, causes it to push through tissue into the vaginal cavity. Vaginal mesh is also prone to shrinkage, which can cause the vagina to shrink, shorten, or close in on itself. When erosion mesh problems occur, surgery to remove the mesh is often the only way to improve the symptoms. Some patients undergo multiple surgeries and still face significant health problems as a result of erosion mesh problems from failed POP repair surgery.
Vaginal Shrinkage Mesh Problems
Most of the symptoms that are described in the 2011 FDA report on vaginal mesh problems were also listed in the original safety alert, issued on 2008. Vaginal shrinkage mesh problems were not mentioned in that original safety bulletin; this side effect has surfaced during the ensuing years. In brief, vaginal shrinkage mesh problems result from the synthetic mesh product actually shrinking and pulling the tissue itís stitched to with it. When pelvic mesh is implanted, it is attached to the pelvic floor muscles. When the material contracts, the muscles and other tissues around it contract too. Vaginal shrinkage mesh problems include severe vaginal pain, difficulty having sexual intercourse, and an actual shrinking or shortening of the vaginal cavity.
Urinary Mesh Problems
Some patients who have pelvic organ prolapse surgery suffer from urinary mesh problems as a result. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles have become weakened or damaged, causing the pelvic organ (including the bladder) to sag into the vagina. If the mesh is improperly implanted or is rejected by the body, the bladder can suffer. Some women may have difficulty urinating after this surgery and require a catheter. Urinary mesh problems are among the more common complaints listed in the FDAís recent safety warning on pelvic mesh.
Sexual Intercourse Mesh Problems
Another mesh problem that many women suffer from after pelvic organ prolapse surgery is pain during intercourse. This occurs because pieces of the mesh have extruded, or worked their way out the tissues and into the vaginal cavity. Male partners may also experience sexual intercourse mesh problems, in the form of pain caused by the extruded mesh pieces. Sexual intercourse mesh problems can have a lifelong impact on a coupleís ability to enjoy sexual relations.
Pelvic Organ Mesh Problems
Specific tools are required to implant surgical mesh. The mesh is inserted through the vaginal and then sewn in place to a variety of tissues, depending on the nature of the prolapse. Organ mesh problems include damage caused to pelvic organs when the surgeon works carelessly, or later, when fragments of mesh become embedded in other parts of the pelvis. Damage to pelvic organs can be very serious. The extent to which organ mesh problems occur is as yet unclear.
Prolapse Recurrence Mesh Problems
Another vaginal mesh problem that is far too common is the recurrence of prolapse, the circumstance the POP surgery was intended to fix in the first place. Pelvic organ prolapse takes place when the pelvic floor muscles have become weakened, stretched, torn or otherwise damage and can no longer provide adequate support to the pelvic organs. When that occurs, the bladder, rectum bowels, uterus and even part of the vagina can prolapse, or sag, into the bottom of the vaginal cavity and even push out of it. When the implantation of surgical mesh fails for one reason or another, some patients will experience recurrence of prolapse mesh problems.
Mesh Problems Legal Help
If you or a loved one believes you may have suffered from mesh problems as a result of pelvic organ prolapse repair surgery, please contact our lawyers handling transvaginal mesh problems cases. You have legal options and rights and we're here to help.
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