Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal mesh is surgical mesh inserted through an incision in the vaginal wall during surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Transvaginal mesh is also referred to simply as vaginal mesh or bladder sling. Vaginal mesh injuries are painful, debilitating, and significantly impact quality of life. In many cases they are irreversible.

Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Transvaginal mesh injuries and complications can include:

  • Mesh erosion through the vaginal wall
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Vaginal shortening due to mesh shrinkage
  • Severe and persistent pelvic pain
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Inability to have intercourse
  • Persistent discharge
  • Persistent odor
  • Infections
  • Bleeding
  • Fistulas connecting the vaginal to the bladder, colon, or rectum
  • Granuloma formation
  • Urinary problems
  • Recurrence of POP or SUI
  • Bladder perforation
  • Bowel perforation
  • Blood vessel perforation

Transvaginal Mesh Uses

Transvaginal mesh is used to support the pelvic organs in surgery to correct POP and SUI. Procedures to correct these conditions can be performed without the use of transvaginal mesh, and there is no evidence that traditional procedures are less effective.

When transvaginal mesh is used the procedure is minimally invasive and faster than the traditional procedure, so ii was believed to be preferable before the mesh complications were discovered.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

In POP, one or more of the pelvic organs drop or bulge into the vagina due to weakening or stretching of the tissues that hold the organs in place. Childbirth and hysterectomies are the most common causes of POP. It is estimated that about half of all women over 50 years of age experience POP. Organs which can be involved include the bladder, uterus, bowel, rectum and top of the vagina.

Stress Urinary Incontinence

In SUI, small amounts of urine leak out during physical activity, even minor activities such as coughing, sneezing, or laughing. It occurs when the muscles that support the bladder and urethra are weak.

Mesh Erosion

The most common transvaginal mesh complication is erosion of the mesh through the vaginal wall. Women who experience mesh erosion must have surgery to remove the mesh. Often, multiple surgeries are required and even then, the problem is not always corrected.

Mesh erosion can cause permanent injuries including severe pelvic pain, urinary problems, and the inability to engage in sexual intercourse. Mesh erosion can significantly reduce a woman’s quality of life.

If you or someone you loved has been injured by transvaginal mesh, please talk to a transvaginal mesh injury attorney in your area today to learn more about possible compensation.