In October 2008, the FDA sent warnings to physicians that a number of serious and painful complications associated with Transvaginal Mesh had been identified in hundreds of women. These women had received the mesh in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, stress urinary incontinence, and a number of other problems. Early reports say erosion is the most commonly reported surgical side effect.
Studies reviewed by the FDA showed that about ten percent of women who have transvaginal mesh implanted have experienced mesh erosion within 12 months of surgery. Also more than half of these cases usually require additional surgeries to remove the mesh. In some cases, even multiple surgeries will not resolve the complication. When that occurred, the complications severely affected the victims’ quality of life.
After potentially going through several surgeries, patients may need to go through several lifestyle changes to keep healthy. First patients would need to eat at least 20 grams of dietary fiber per day to avoid constipation. Exercises that would strengthen the pelvic floor muscles would be needed to be done every day. Patients would also need to avoid or reduce caffeine intake. This is because caffeine acts as a diuretic, causing increased urination. It also advised to increase water intake and to drink eight glasses of water a day. Those who are overweight or obese would need to lose weight while other will need to maintain a healthy weight. Heavy lifting and putting pressure on women’s pelvic floor should be avoided at all times.
The FDA also says that transvaginal mesh can potentially cause other serious side effects. It is advised that you see your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following: Infection, constant pain in the pelvic area, bleeding, organ perforation, pain during sex, or urinary problems.
The number of women who have been injured during or after transvaginal mesh surgery because pelvic organ prolapse have steadily increased over the years. These surgeries usually cause a drastic change in lifestyle in these women, and many of them have begun to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit, against the manufacturers of the implant. If you think that your transvaginal mesh implant is starting to cause you any problems, visit your doctor as soon as possible.
- The Benefits of Transvaginal Mesh (melvinsealblog.wordpress.com)