How Rare Are the Side Effects of Transvaginal Mesh?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a review of user experiences with transvaginal mesh implants between January 2008 and December 2010. It concluded two things from this review:

  1. Serious side effects are common for patients with transvaginal mesh implants.
  2. Using transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) has not proven to be more beneficial than other treatment options.

Of the 2,874-transvaginal medical device reports that resulted in injury, death, or malfunction, 1,503 were for implants to treat POP and 1,371 were for implants treating stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

Is the FDA Warning the Public About the Complications of Transvaginal Mesh?

In October 2008, the FDA issued a Public Health Notification (PHN) to inform healthcare professionals and patients of the adverse events with transvaginal mesh. It continues to update the public with new information concerning the problems with using mesh.

What Are the Most Common Transvaginal Mesh Complications? Between 2008 and 2010, the most common transvaginal mesh complications that were reported to the FDA included:

  • Vaginal mesh erosion;
  • Pain;
  • Infection;
  • Urinary problems;
  • Bleeding;
  • Organ perforation;
  • Recurrent prolapse;
  • Neuro-muscular problems;
  • Vaginal scarring or shrinkage;
  • Emotional issues.

If you or a loved one is suffering from the symptoms listed above, contact our personal injury lawyers by calling (888)841-9623.

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ZK Law Note: According to MarketWatch, there are over 50,000 active transvaginal mesh lawsuits.