.Transvaginal Mesh Complications:
3 Common Problems Women Should Know About
.Transvaginal mesh implants have become a common treatment for a variety of pelvic floor disorders such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Unfortunately, many patients have seen severe complications from these surgeries.
Before having a transvaginal mesh implant, you should be aware of the risks and potential problems. There is a wealth of information online so if you are still interested or concerned about your own surgery, be sure to continue your research.
Below we examine 3 common complications that can result from transvaginal mesh implants.
1. Complications from surgery
Like any surgery, transvaginal mesh implant surgery carries the risk of infection and pain.
To reduce your risk of infection, be sure to carefully follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions. Make your doctor aware of any discomfort outside of what is to be expected during your recovery.
2. Mesh erosion, shrinkage, and fusion
Most surgical mesh is made of polyester and polypropylene, a type of plastic.
Originally thought to be strong, long-lasting, and able to keep its shape, doctors are now realizing that these materials can break into small pieces.
These small pieces can cut and puncture a woman’s bladder, vagina, and bowels, leading to severe pain and chronic bladder infections. In addition, the mesh may shrink or even fuse to other tissues near the area of the implant.
3. Severe pain
Pain from transvaginal mesh surgery is a side effect on its own but it can also be a symptom of the complications mentioned above.
It’s important to know that the pain isn’t limited to the pelvic and groin. Many women have reported pain that spread into their legs, leaving them unable to walk without assistance.
Infections caused by transvaginal mesh implants have also spread to the legs, forcing them to face the possibility of amputation. If you experience new pain in your legs, back, or buttocks after surgery, contact your doctor or surgeon as soon as possible. It may be a side effect of your mesh implant.
Rest assured that not all women with transvaginal mesh implants experience such severe side effects. Many women experience no side effects and recover completely.
Before having any procedure, especially one with such high risks, be sure to talk to your doctor. Below is a list of questions you may choose to ask about the surgery:
- Are there any nonsurgical treatment methods that we have not tried?
- If surgery is necessary, is there a procedure that does not involve mesh?
- Given my specific condition, what are my benefits and risks?
- What is the average recovery time? What do you think my recovery time will be?
- If I experience complications, what treatments will be available?
Additionally, if your doctor suggests a mesh implant, contact another doctor or gynecologist first, to make sure it is really necessary.
If you’ve already had surgery and are now experiencing adverse side effects, this takes you into the area of possible medical lawsuits and malpractice.
You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer. If your medical bills are higher than expected or you have had to miss work as a result of pain or infection, an experienced attorney can ensure that you’re compensated fairly.
Post by Lisa Hyde Barratt