The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has currently labeled the vaginal mesh, the medical device used in the corrective treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), as potentially health-threatening. Complaints of the various after-effects caused by these medical implants were reported by many of its recipients. These negative feedback that mostly occur a year after the implantation has caused many women to suffer at great lengths. These health risks include the development of bleeding, mesh erosion, pain, pelvic organ perforations, recurrence of prolapse or incontinence, and infections. Apart from these, it is the sexual negative effects caused by vaginal mesh that brings bigger problems to sexually active women.
POP and SUI are prevalent to almost a quarter of the women population across all age groups worldwide. In these two conditions, the pelvic muscles lose its strength, causing the organs enclosed in the pelvic cavity (such as the bladder, urethra, rectum, and uterus) to shift out of place. A great number of surgeons do not see these two conditions as threatening and immediate treatments through the use of meshes or slings can even be performed in clinics. Because of this view, many patients are unaware of the potential dangers of these conditions and its available treatments.
The most frequently practiced surgical treatment for POP and SUI is vaginal mesh surgery. Even after the FDA warnings about the possible adverse effects of the vaginal meshes used in this procedure, many physicians are still practicing this surgery. It may be because mesh manufacturers which are continuously producing these products are still marketing them to healthcare centers across the Unites States.
Sexual intercourse is restricted up to eight weeks post-surgery or until the surgical wounds have completely recovered. For those women who engage in sex frequently, this task may be unattainable. Most recipients of vaginal mesh prefer to resume coitus in as early as one week post-surgery. Because the tissues surrounding the pelvic area do not fully regenerate until three to four weeks post-operation, strenuous exercises can cause displacement of the mesh. Bleeding and infections may develop if this happens. The patient, as well as her partner, will then experience pain during sex (dyspareunia). Can you imagine this medical device totally altering your sex life forever?
In fact, thousands of women have already suffered from this procedure. Most of them tried to undergo reconstructive surgeries, but it takes several steps to completely correct the damages done, especially if the removal of the entire mesh is required. Most times, these are even impossible to repair and can drastically affect a woman’s life in general. To collect compensations for their loss, many vaginal mesh recipients have filed personal and class action vaginal mesh lawsuit. However, receiving compensations will never be enough to many others who have gone through embarrassments and difficulties.