Trans-Vaginal Mesh/ Bladder Sling Complications on the Rise
Trans-vaginal mesh (TVM) repairs of pelvic organ prolapse are causing complications with disturbing frequency. The FDA issued an urgent alert on July 13, 2011, warning patients and doctors of the risks associated with trans-vaginal mesh (you can read the FDA’s complete warning here). Unlike many FDA alerts, this information does not affect only one batch of products, from a single manufacturer. Trans-vaginal mesh and bladder slings from nine separate companies are affected by the recall. The most common complication is extrusion, which occurs when the mesh erodes through the vaginal wall. The second most-common complication is contraction, or shrinkage, which can lead to severe pelvic pain and/or bleeding. Many trans-vaginal mesh patients report pain during intercourse, often for both partners. Other potential problems include bladder perforation, pelvic hemorrhage, and urinary incontinence. If you or a loved one is experiencing any complications from trans-vaginal mesh or bladder sling surgery, call the attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright for a free consultation today.