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Research Shows: 10% Rate of Vaginal Mesh Erosion with TVM

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A recent dialogue has begun in the medical community regarding the safety of transvaginal surgical mesh, a common product used to tread pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).  Believed to be inert and not to react with human tissue, the FDA now has received over 1000 complaints of adverse health effects caused by TVM use.  The FDA writes “These reports include problems such as pain, infection, mesh erosion (into vagina, bowel, and bladder), and recurrence of prolapse or incontinence. Some reports involved rare but serious intraoperative injuries such as bowel, bladder, or blood vessel perforation. Most patients described in the adverse event reports needed medical or surgical intervention, and some required hospitalization.”[1]

Currently, 56 transvaginal mesh (TVM) products have been found associated with these adverse health effects.

In 2009, an article published in The International Urogynecology Journal by Farnaz A. Ganj et al. titled “Complications of Transvaginal Monofilament Propylene Mesh in Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair” outlines the one problem with TVM quite clearly.

Reviewing 127 cases of TVM use retrospectively, Ganj et al. found that the mesh erosion rate was 10.2%.[2]  Prominent pharmaceutical information website DrugSideEffects-info.com writes that Vaginal Mesh Erosion occurs when “the mesh fails to remain in its original position, instead working its way through the vaginal wall to surrounding tissue and organs. The mesh may also become visible through the vagina, a condition referred to as vaginal mesh extrusion.”[3]

With risk rates for vaginal mesh erosion so high, one might assume that the manufacturers of TVM products would make users aware of the danger associated with the use of TVM so that users could make an informed consent before undergoing a serious medical procedure.  However, that has not been the case, and thousands of women face these risks unknowingly.

If you or a loved one has used TVM and experienced adverse health effects, you may be eligible to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit to secure compensation for the injuries you have suffered through no fault of your own.  For a free case consultation, do not hesitate to contact our team of transvaginal mesh lawyers.

We have the experience, resources, and skills required to secure the justice you deserve.  At your convenience, you may reach our offices by phone at (855) 452-5529 or by e-mail at justinian@dangerousdrugs.us.

Our Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have additional questions about Transvaginal Mesh.


[1] “Tips and Articles on Device Safety > Looking Into Problems with Transvaginal Surgical Mesh” U.S. Food and Drug Administration. U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services. Available at <http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/TipsandArticlesonDeviceSafety/ucm169802.htm> Updated 21 March 2013, Accessed 17 April 2013

[2] Ganj, F.A. “Complications of transvaginal monofilament polypropylene mesh in pelvic organ prolapsed repair” Int Urogynecol J (2009) 20:919-925

[3] “Transvaginal Mesh Complications | Vaginal Mesh Erosion” Available at <http://drugsideeffects-info.com/drug-side-effects/musculoskeletal/vaginal-mesh-erosion/> Accessed 17 April 2013