Study Finds that Women Having Mesh-Related Corrective Procedures are at Higher Risk of Depression and Self-Harm
Transvaginal mesh sling procedures are often considered the “gold standard” when it comes to the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI). However, over the past two decades, hundreds of thousands of women across the United States, Canada, and other parts of the globe have reported complications associated with mesh sling implants, such as recurrence of SUI, chronic pain, pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), and mesh erosion or protrusion. A significant number of women who undergo transvaginal mesh sling implantation to treat SUI require subsequent corrective procedures to remove or revise the sling implant.
A recent study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) finds that many women who underwent a corrective procedure following implantation of a transvaginal mesh sling product reported new onset depression. Additionally, the study found that the risk of self-harm was more than twice for women who required a corrective procedure following transvaginal mesh sling implantation as opposed to those women who did not require a corrective procedure.
Thousands of lawsuits over the past decade have demonstrated that even with corrective procedures, many women still suffer the consequences of the original mesh sling implant: chronic pain, pain during sex (dyspareunia), a return or worsening of incontinence, and a general feeling of discomfort. Because of the sensitive nature of the tissues surrounding the vagina and urethra, multiple procedures in the same area can result in painful scar tissue. It is not surprising that physical injuries associated with transvaginal mesh products can quickly expand to mental and emotional injuries such as depression and suicidal thoughts.
Damages Resulting from Defective Transvaginal Mesh Products
Many transvaginal mesh lawsuits have already been settled, but there are still thousands of women who have not filed lawsuits or have not sought to have their cases settled. While time may be running out to pursue transvaginal mesh claims, there still may be time to act by deciding to speak with a lawyer. Through thousands of lawsuits, lawyers and clients have discovered just how catastrophic mesh-related injuries can be. Not only are women permanently scarred, but they may not be able to urinate without a catheter, may have complete incontinence, requiring them to wear adult diapers, are in chronic pain, cannot have sexual relations with their partners, or constantly feel pieces of mesh pushing on other parts of the transvaginal area.
Additionally, the need for subsequent procedures to fix the problems left by a transvaginal mesh product (which is supposed to be permanent) may help to alleviate one mesh-related problem (such as the return of incontinence), but at the same time makes another symptom worse, such as pain. Many women find themselves in a catch-22 situation where they will suffer the consequences of a defective mesh implant regardless of whether they have corrective surgery which their doctors believe is medically necessary. The emotional trauma resulting from these mesh products has left many women with the inability to have sexual relations with their partners, and many marriages have ended because of the harm associated with transvaginal mesh products. As such, the recent BMJ publication presents information that is not surprising for anyone who has experience with transvaginal mesh sling products.
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Transvaginal mesh continues to harm women across the United States, and the suffering is permanent for many women. If you have suffered at the expense of transvaginal mesh and believe you may have a potential legal claim, it is crucial to speak with a qualified lawyer as soon as possible as time may be limited to file or settle your claim. The National Transvaginal Mesh Lawyers of Parker Waichman LLP represent numerous women affected by defective transvaginal mesh products and have the resources to evaluate your potential claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation by calling (800) YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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