A transvaginal mesh is a medical device that is used in treating certain conditions women in California have. One condition is pelvic organ prolapse, which occurs when organs from the pelvic area drop down to a lower position and push against the walls of the vagina. The other condition is stress urinary incontinence, which is an abnormal leakage of urine when pressure is exerted on the bladder, for example by coughing or sneezing.
The mesh can be made of biological material, absorbable synthetic components, non-absorbable synthetic, or any combination of these three types, in which case it is considered a composite mesh. Transvaginal mesh surgeries can often result in harm to patients due to the risk of complications, and a recent study has examined the likelihood of such complications, as well as the usefulness of these devices.
The Indian Journal of Urology recently conducted a study that reviewed several years’ worth of articles and medical literature that addressed complications with transvaginal mesh implants. They came up with the following list:
In all of the above cases, dyspareunia, or painful sexual intercourse, can be a symptom. The most recent statistic indicates this condition in up to 6.2 percent of those who received transvaginal mesh implants.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in coordination with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, recently provided an update on the safety and effectiveness of the use of transvaginal mesh devices. They found that there is no conclusive evidence that transvaginal meshes are more effective in treating pelvic organ prolapse than traditional methods that do not use meshes. They also determined that it is not rare for serious adverse events to occur after implantation.
Transvaginal mesh devices are often more harmful than helpful. The additional medical costs, and the pain and suffering caused by such ineffective products can be substantial. People in Northern California who have had to deal with these issues have a right to pursue financial compensation. Therefore, they should seek the counsel of an attorney who is experienced with product liability cases.