Researchers at UCLA have compiled data that suggest that a large number of women who have vaginal mesh products surgically removed continue to suffer years later. This continued suffering includes persistent pain and other forms of discomfort. While the study at issue has yet to be published or reviewed by peers, the news of its existence is leading many people to consider their legal options. It’s possible that some women who trust that vaginal mesh products will help them with certain conditions will face pain and struggle for the rest of their lives.
The American Urological Association held its annual meeting recently, and the researchers presented their findings there. The study of vaginal mesh products and corrective surgery involved sending out surveys to approximately 700 women who had used them. The researchers found that more than 200 women had their vaginal mesh products removed because of many of the side effects commonly associated with them. In addition, the researchers found the following among the women who had had them removed at least three years earlier:
• More than 30 percent of the women continued to suffer sometimes severe pain.
• Half of the women reported experiencing pain during sexual intercourse.
• More than 25 percent of the women experienced urinary leakage at least once per day.
These initial findings have led to calls for further study to be done on women who have had this surgery performed.
What Are Vaginal Mesh Devices?
Vaginal mesh products, otherwise known as transvaginal mesh products, are sometimes referred to as ‘hammocks’ because of the way they look. They are products that are implanted into women to help them with difficult health conditions. These conditions include pelvic organ prolapse, or POP and stress urinary incontinence, or SUI. The vaginal mesh products are supposed to hold the pelvic area in place in order to alleviate the symptoms associated with these problems. The implantation procedure is becoming quite common in the United States. It’s estimated that in 2010 alone, more than 300,000 women had one of these products inserted into their bodies.
What Are Common Vaginal Mesh Side Effects?
Unfortunately, thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of these products for relatively common reasons. Women have reported suffering the following vaginal mesh side effects:
• Erosion of mesh through vaginal wall
• Bowel and/or bladder perforation
• Painful urination
• Extreme pain during sexual intercourse
If it turns out that many of the women who have corrective surgery to remove these products also continue to suffer, then those consumers really only have one option for a response.
If you or someone you love has had one of these products implanted and you’ve suffered the consequences as a result, you need to stand up for your legal rights. You can do so by contacting the vaginal mesh lawyers at Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation. You can schedule that consultation either by emailing the firm or by calling 800-800-DRUG.