Transvaginal Mesh Removal Surgery

Published on June 4, 2013 by Christine Loughran

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Even after a woman undergoes mesh removal surgery to take out the synthetic material originally inserted into her vaginal wall treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), she may still be experiencing pain and discomfort.

Oftentimes, the transvaginal mesh cannot be removed fully if it migrates through the vaginal epithelium and into her surrounding organs.

In that case, the mesh may have eroded to the point where it has moved out of the vaginal opening.

The following symptoms may indicate the need for mesh removal surgery:

  • Generalized pain
  • Vaginal pain and bleeding
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sexual  intercourse
  • Recurrent bladder infections

Unfortunately though, this type of corrective procedure can be complicated if the mesh has already fused to other tissue and organs. Doctors are then forced to surgically detach it in small pieces, and even cut other tissues nearby. And if you are experiencing the above symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible: if you take too long to undergo a transvaginal mesh removal procedure, abscesses and fistulas may develop, and you may suffer significant bladder and/or bowel damage.

Complete Vaginal Mesh Removal May Be Impossible after Material Fuses to Tissue and Organs

In some cases, complete transvaginal mesh removal may be impossible, leaving a woman to continue suffering the kind of complications that may reduce her overall quality of life. Between 2008 and 2010, approximately 2,800 adverse event reports involving these vaginal implants were recorded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Urinary problems
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or incontinence (SUI).
  • Bladder, bowel and blood vessel perforation
  • Vaginal scarring

A growing number of women who were forced to undergo multiple vaginal mesh removal procedures, which are typically performed by urogynecologists, have sought legal help to file vaginal mesh lawsuits against the companies who have allegedly caused them lasting pain and discomfort. Sometimes three or four revision surgeries are necessary to successfully remove the device, some lawsuits allege.

According to court documents, approximately 8,000 claims from women who may have undergone mesh removal surgery had been filed in the U.S. against manufacturers including C.R. Bard Inc., Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, American Medical Systems and Boston Scientific. Although an industry-wide mesh recall has not been issued, thousands of these tranvaginal mesh lawsuits are pending in separate multidistrict litigations underway in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Two consolidated proceedings for lawsuits brought by patients implanted with products marketed by Ethicon and C.R. Bard have also been established in New Jersey Superior Court in Atlantic County. There, court records from April 2013 indicate there were more than 3,100 claims filed between the two litigations.

Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is serving as Co-Liaison Counsel for both proceedings.

Many of the products named in vaginal mesh lawsuits were originally approved by the FDA by way of its 510(k) program, which allows for clearance if its manufacturer can prove the device is equivalent to one already on the market.

Did Your Vaginal Implant Lead to Painful Mesh Removal Surgery? Call Us Today.

If you underwent multiple revision surgeries to remove the transvaginal mesh implant causing you pain and discomfort, give the vaginal mesh lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP a call today. You may be eligible to pursue a lawsuit. Call to speak with an attorney about your legal rights.