By Logan Quirk
If you had an operation for incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse (POP) before 2013, there is a good chance the surgery was performed with transvaginal mesh. Transvaginal mesh was used in the majority of these cases due to its cost effectiveness, its ease of use, and minimal recovery time. While all of these things are great, in late 2012 the FDA found enough evidence to put transvaginal mesh on its “high risk” list. A large amount of patients had come forward due to injuries as a result of the mesh device degrading, and leaving them in poor health.
What’s scary about degrading transvaginal mesh is that some of the side effects of its degrading are “normal” health issues, such as an UTI. Other side effects, however, are more serious and should raise flags. These side effects are urinary retention, incontinence, painful sexual intercourse, vaginal bleeding, nerve damage, and erosion. Erosion occurs when the mesh degrades and implants itself into and through the vaginal wall, causing serious medical problems. You need to consult with a doctor if you have experienced any of these issues. Perhaps the most concerning issue is that since transvaginal mesh was never meant to be removed, multiple surgeries must be done to remove it, and many times, it cannot be removed 100%.
After you have consulted with a doctor, you need to consult with a Beverly Hills personal injury attorney. A product liability issue is serious, and in severe cases, the degrading mesh could lead to permanent issues. It is always best to consult with an attorney as soon as possible, but especially in California. California has a two-year window for personal injury lawsuits, so you need to speak with an attorney as soon as you can. All injuries are important, be it minor or severe. It is important that you first consult with your doctor, then consult with a Beverly Hills personal injury attorney.