It has been a while since issues involving vaginal mesh products have stirred the public, especially those who have acquired the negative consequences after receiving these medical devices. These problems first emerged years ago, but many are still unaware of the complications it can cause to women who might be receiving implantations of vaginal mesh in the future. And to add to that, many patients who suffered after receiving these defective meshes still do not know that victims of defective vaginal meshes have civil rights and mesh makers are responsible for them.
Before vaginal mesh implants are made available in the market, mesh manufacturers see to it that their products are safe and effective for the public to use. However, it was found out recently that these vaginal meshes didn’t even undergo an acceptable approval system. In order to be approved, it only has to be “substantially equivalent” to previously cleared vaginal mesh implants. This process is called 501(k) approval system. This process has been utilized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve many other medical devices, not only vaginal meshes. However, after the increasing reports of complications related to vaginal mesh, the FDA acknowledged its fault in the statement they previously released that vaginal mesh products’ risks are rare.
The FDA further announced that women who have received trans-vaginal mesh for the treatment of pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) are more likely to develop mesh complications compared to those who opted for non-mesh treatment for these two debilitating conditions which affect a great percentage of older women worldwide.
Mesh erosion, bleeding, infections, dyspareunia (pain associated with sex), recurrence of prolapse or incontinence, pelvic organ perforations, and pain are few of the many complications of vaginal mesh; these mentioned conditions are the most frequently reported ones.
The FDA is concerned about the rising number of complaints caused by vaginal mesh implantation. Many of these require longer hospitalization and multiple reconstructive operations to resolve, and most times if not handled properly, it can cause irreversible and completely life-altering injuries.
If you have Stress Urinary Incontinence or Pelvic Organ Prolapse and your doctor is planning on a surgery for your treatment, be sure to ask if it involves the use of vaginal mesh and be informed of the potential complications you might be putting yourself into.
If you have previously received vaginal mesh implant and are now experiencing adverse effects, don’t let the expenses for the damages you acquired worry you. You should know that unlucky recipients of these faulty vaginal meshes have the right to claim compensations for the damages and losses they have experienced by filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit.