Transvaginal Mesh Use Complications on the Rise

Transvaginal Mesh Use Complications on the Rise

A recent study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology indicates that pelvic organ procedures utilizing surgical mesh increased from 2005 to 2010, and vaginal mesh procedures have constituted the vast majority of the increase. In recent years, complications arising from the use of transvaginal mesh have come to light, and there have been hundreds of lawsuits filed, including class action and multidistrict litigation.

What is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvagnial mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is used to treat issues that arise from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).  Such conditions generally affect women after childbirth, menopause, or after a hysterectomy.  Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which female pelvic organs fall out of place and protrude into the vagina, and can cause urinary or bowel symptoms.  stress urinary incontinence is a condition in which the urethra loses support from surround pelvic structures and is characterized by leaking urine in response to abdominal pressure. The use of transvaginal mesh to treat conditions such as POP or SUI arose in the 1990s, and was initially favored by medical professionals because it was less invasive that traditional surgical repairs.  A specific type of mesh, known as a bladder sling, is used to treat stress urinary incontinence.

Common Transvaginal Mesh Complications

In 2008, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a report that alerted healthcare practitioners to complications that were arising due to the use of surgical mesh in the vagina to treat conditions such as POP and SUI. Among the complications the FDA advised of are:

  • Erosion through the vaginal epithelium
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Urinary problems
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Scarring
  • Bowel or bladder perforation
  • Discomfort and pain
  • Vaginal discharge

The treatment of these complications often required additional surgery and hospitalization.

The recovery in transvaginal mesh injury cases can be substantial. Last July, a jury awarded a Bakersfield woman $3.6 million dollar for injuries that she sustained as the result of being treated with transvaginal mesh. The jury found that the manufacturer did not properly test the product prior to putting in on the market

Negligently provided medical care can result in serious injury and long-term health complications. Ronald Makarem is an experienced defective drug and medical malpractice attorney who is committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for each client he represents. If you have suffered complications from the use of transvaginal mesh to treat a condition such as pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence you may be entitled to substantial compensation. The Los Angeles transvaginal mesh lawyers of Makarem & Associates are experienced injury lawyers who are committed to getting our clients what they deserve.  To schedule a consultation, call us today at 310.312.0299 or email us at