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Complications in the removal of transvaginal mesh

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A recent article published in a 2011 edition of International Urogynecology Journal titled “Surgical management of mesh-related complications after prior pelvic flood reconstructive surgery with mesh” by Myrthe M. Tijdink et al. reviews possible complications of transvaginal mesh after its use in reconstructive surgery in pelvic organ prolapse or another ailment.

This study retrospectively analyzed mesh-related complications in 73 patients who had undergone “complete or partial mesh excision to treat complications after prior mesh-augmented pelvic flood reconstructive surgery was conducted.”[1]  Mesh excision is a surgical procedure aimed at the removal of the previously-implanted transvaginal mesh, often following persistent negative side-effects such as mesh erosion or transvaginal mesh infection.

The authors of this paper found that though 92% of the time, mesh excision can alleviate persistent symptoms, the “recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurred in 29% of complete and 5% of partial excisions of mesh used in POP surgery.”[2]  Further, it was found that 36% of patients that underwent surgery to remove a suburethral sling experienced new-onset of stress urinary incontinence (SUI).[3]

Concluding, the authors state that “Mesh excision relieves mesh-related complications effectively, although with a substantial risk of serious complications and recurrence of POP or SUI.”[4]

Based on these conclusions, and those of other contemporary researchers that suggest the rate of mesh erosion is 10% for polypropylene mesh and the rate of mesh erosion is 23.8% for silicone mesh, it is advisable that one exercise a high level caution before using transvaginal mesh and that one adhere to the recommendations of medical professionals.

Because the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products have failed to adequately warn users of transvaginal mesh products of risks associated with those products, a number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits are currently being filed.  If you used transvaginal mesh and experienced transvaginal mesh erosion or transvaginal mesh infection, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation on your behalf through a transvaginal mesh lawsuit.

For a free, no-obligation case consultation, please do not hesitate to contact our team of transvaginal mesh lawyers either by phone at (855) 452-5529 or by e-mail at justinian@dangerousdrugs.us.

We have the experience, resources, and skills required to win the justice you deserve.  Call today and see how we can help.  Our Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have additional questions about Transvaginal Mesh.


[1] Tijdink, MM et al. “Surgical management of mesh-related complications after prior pelvic flood reconstructive surgery with mesh” Int Urogynecol J (2011) 22:1395–1404

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.