A 2008 report by Dr. Assia A. Stepanian et al. published in The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology has outlined some of the complications associated with use of transvaginal mesh (TVM), a synthetic substitute for human tissue used in surgical repair of the uterine or vaginal wall following pelvic organ prolapse. As of yet, polypropylene TVM products have been associated with a rate of complication over 10%, with silicone transvaginal mesh products’ complication rates exceeding even 20%.
The Stepanian et al. (2008) piece was titled “Risk of Mesh Extrusion and Other Mesh-Related Complications After Laparoscopic Sacral Colpopexy with or without Concurrent Laparoscopic-Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy: Experience of 402 Patients” and may be found online by following the link above.
As vaginal mesh erosion is the most common complication of transvaginal mesh use, it is understandable that this was the focus of the Stepanian (2008) piece.
Of the 402 patients studied, only about 1.2% experienced vaginal mesh erosion or TVM extrusion. This surprisingly low figure may, however be due to the fact that the 402 patients studied had all undergone sacral colpopexy, while studies finding rates of vaginal mesh erosion over 10% included any and all uses of transvaginal mesh.
Due to the fact that over 1000 adverse events related to transvaginal mesh use have been reported to the United States Food and Drug Administration, and a number of transvaginal mesh manufacturers have failed time and again to warn users of the risks and frequency of risks associated with the use of their products, a number of TVM lawsuits have been filed.
If you used transvaginal mesh and experienced a negative side effect such as vaginal mesh erosion, please do not hesitate to contact our team of transvaginal mesh lawyers. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation on your behalf due to the lack of oversight at these companies that caused your injuries.
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 Stepanian, A.A. et al. “Risk of Mesh Extrusion and Other Mesh-Related Complications After Laparoscopic Sacral Colpopexy with or without Concurrent Laparoscopic-Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy: Experience of 402 Patients” Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology 2008 Mar-Apr;15(2):188-96.