Generally the surgical mesh gets anchored as a kind of hammock, or sling, between the prolapsed pelvic organs and the wall of the vagina. Surgical mesh comes in a variety of forms. Many are non-absorbable synthetics. The structure of the surgical mesh looks something like a net if examined under a microscope. It’s designed to serve as a platform for growth of the patient’s own tissue around and through the mesh so that the surgical mesh repair becomes integrated with the body. The mesh acts almost in the same way as a lattice or an arbor acts in providing a support structure for plant growth.
But just as a plant lattice requires tending so that the growth doesn’t get out of hand or tear apart the lattice, so tissue growth sometimes gets out of hand after a surgical mesh repair. A common complaint after transvaginal surgical mesh placement is extrusion of the mesh through the vagina wall which can cause pain, discharge and bleeding. Another complaint is contraction of the mesh. When the mesh draws up with the attendant tissues, the patient often feels severe and ongoing pain. Correcting the problems caused by a failed mesh repair can require several surgeries. And surgery is never without risks. Because of the nature of a pelvic prolapse, doctors estimate that about 40% of prolapse repairs may fail with time.
If you’re one of the multitude of women who have ongoing problems because of a transvaginal surgical mesh repair of your pelvic prolapse, you can call us for a free legal consultation. Our experienced medical device claims attorneys could discuss your case with you, and help you understand your legal options. You may be eligible to pursue financial compensation for your suffering from a failed medical device implant. Let us help; it’s what we do.