Vaginal mesh has been clearly demonstrated to cause serious side effects for many patients. Unfortunately, mesh products can cause significant pain, especially during intercourse. Vaginal mesh can also result in organ perforation, infection, mesh erosion and recurrent pelvic organ prolapse (POP) among the other serious symptoms and complications.
At the annual meting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, doctors discussed the impact of the removal of vaginal mesh. Unfortunately, while removal may help to relieve patient symptoms, it may not solve the health problems that the mesh has caused. An experienced transvaginal mesh lawyer should be consulted by patients who need to undergo corrective surgery because of mesh or who experience lingering problems after they have had vaginal mesh implanted.
Vaginal Mesh Can Have Long-Term Consequences
According to Doctors Lounge, researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center conducted a study to determine the impact of vaginal mesh removal. The researchers findings were presented at the May meeting of the American Urological Association.
The study involved assessing the outcomes of 123 non-neurogenic women who had been operated on and who had vaginal mesh or synthetic suburethral tape used in their procedures. A total of 69 women in the study had mesh implanted and 54 women had synthetic suburethral tape used. The women in the study were experiencing pelvic pain and the mesh or tape was to be removed as a result.
Researchers learned that in the mesh group, the Visual Analog Scale decreased from a mean preoperative level of 7.9 to a .9 level after the operation to remove vaginal mesh. Among the group who had tape removed, the Visual Analog Scale decreased from a mean preoperative level of 5.3 to 1.5. The Visual Analog Scale is used to allow patients to represent their pain. A level of 10 refers to agonizing pain, while a level of 0 refers to no pain at all.
Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles also investigated patient satisfaction after vaginal mesh was removed. Researchers followed patients over a period of 39 months. They determined that 55 percent of patients who had vaginal mesh removed reported that they were feeling much better after surgery. A total of 22 percent of patients said that they were a little bit better and 17 percent were much worse or very much worse after the surgery had been performed.
This research also showed that the majority of patients had lingering problems after surgery. A total of 33 percent of patients did not have any pain after the mesh was removed, but most of them continued to suffer from incontinence after the procedure. Further, 49 percent of women complained of dyspareunia.
Based on the outcomes of the research, the lead doctor in the study was quoted as saying “The use of vaginal mesh has the potential to cause permanent and disabling pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and sexual dysfunction despite subsequent mesh removal.” Patients who are pursing legal action against mesh manufacturers need to know the full extent of the damage they endured so they can be compensated for this lingering pain.
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