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Pelvic Mesh Injury Reports and Lawsuits Include Allegations of Bleeding Mesh Erosion

Sep 22, 2016

Mounting reports of women allegedly suffering from serious pelvic mesh complications following implantation with transvaginal mesh devices include significant injuries such as bleeding, mesh erosion, and perforation.

Given that hundreds of thousands of women have been implanted with these devices, there are concerns over the number of potential injuries yet to be reported. Lawsuits are being filed by dozens of women weekly with similar allegations that transvaginal mesh device complications include significant, devastating, and sometimes permanent injuries.

Pelvic mesh is also known as vaginal mesh, transvaginal mesh, or polypropylene mesh (PPM) and is a medical device typically used in the treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).

Pelvic mesh erosion may enable a device to perforate local organs due to its sharp edges, which may lead to permanent organ damage. In fact, pelvic mesh erosion and organ perforation are the two most common-and most serious-adverse reactions associated with pelvic mesh. Injuries may lead to bleeding, infection, nerve damage side effects, and severe or chronic pain. The devices contract up to 85 percent following initial implantation, which may be responsible for the various injuries associated with the devices. According to pelvic mesh failure lawsuits, women are facing a number of serious complications that may include:

  • Bladder, bowel, urethra injury; bladder irritation, infection
  • Bleeding, blistering gums
  • Incontinence
  • Painful intercourse, bleeding after intercourse
  • Pelvic mesh erosion, pelvic blood vessel damage
  • Swollen wrists
  • Urinary tract obstruction

Research also indicates apprehension over the safety and efficacy of pelvic mesh products. A number of pelvic mesh complications reveal that the devices may lead to nerve damage, chronic pain, and pain during intercourse. The chronic pain may occur immediately following surgery and or years after the procedure.

The surgery to treat pelvic mesh complications is not only challenging-if even possible in some cases-but the procedure is very complex because of the proximity to essential nerves.

To date, thousands of women have filed pelvic mesh failure lawsuits and, in some cases, these lawsuits have led to significant financial awards. Meanwhile, thousands of pelvic mesh lawsuits have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL).

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