When vaginal mesh causes serious complications, most women must undergo revision surgery (or “excision”) to have the device removed. Like any surgery, vaginal mesh revision surgery is painful, debilitating, time-consuming, and expensive. Unfortunately, because vaginal mesh is intended to be a permanent implant, it may be impossible to completely remove vaginal mesh. Even with multiple surgeries, some complications may be permanent — including nerve damage, chronic pain, vaginal disfigurement, scarring, and more.
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Vaginal Mesh Revision Surgery
Vaginal mesh revision surgery (also known as “excision surgery”) may involve removing parts of the mesh or the entire device, if possible. Surgery is often performed to remove vaginal mesh that has eroded into the vagina or perforated an internal organ.
Multiple surgeries may be necessary to correct vaginal mesh complications — removing defective parts of the device, repairing internal organ damage, and using surgical techniques to repair the incontinence or prolapse that required vaginal mesh in the first place. With each surgery, there is a risk of scarring, nerve damage, and disfigurement. Each surgery causes severe pain, weeks of recovery time, and expensive medical bills.
Unfortunately, revision surgery cannot always correct every side effects of defective vaginal mesh. The device is intended to be permanent — a woman’s own tissue is supposed to grow into the mesh, strengthening weakened pelvic muscles. Once the mesh is absorbed into the body, it may be very difficult to remove the mesh without causing more serious problems.
If a surgeon can remove the mesh, it will likely be necessary to also correct the prolapse or incontinence that required vaginal mesh in the first place. Before vaginal mesh was invented in the 1990s, surgeons used traditional methods to tighten ligaments and muscles in the pelvis. Women who have vaginal mesh revision surgery will likely have muscles and ligaments tightened. They may also require IV therapy, blood transfusions, and drainage of hematomas or abscesses in some cases.
Injuries Leading to Revision Surgery
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of reports of serious vaginal mesh complications, and warns that these side effects are “not rare.” Although not all serious complications require revision surgery, many do. Here are a few examples of serious complications that might require revision surgery:
- Infection, which may be life-threatening
- Chronic pain in the pelvis or during sexual intercourse
- Shrinkage of the mesh
- Perforation of the intestines, bladder, blood vessels, or vagina
- Erosion into the vagina
- Recurrent prolapse or incontinence
- Nerve damage
- And more
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit
If you have suffered from a severe vaginal mesh side effect and required revision surgery, you may have a vaginal mesh lawsuit. Contact a vaginal mesh lawyer at The Clark Firm, LLP for more information. You could be entitled to significant compensation for your pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost income, decreased quality of life, and more.
Hundreds of women have already filed vaginal mesh lawsuits against several manufacturers. The lawsuits remain independent, but they have been centralized into a federal Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) against Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, and Covidien. You may still have time to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit, seeking compensation and justice for your revision surgery.
Recently, a jury in Bakersfield, California awarded Christine Scott and her husband, Roy, $5.5 million after she filed a vaginal mesh lawsuit. Mrs. Scott had severe problems with C.R. Bard’s Avaulta vaginal mesh. The device perforated her intestine, eroded into her vagina, and caused severe pelvic pain. She has undergone eight vaginal mesh revision surgeries and may need more surgeries in the future. Mr. Scott was awarded $500,000 for loss of consortium with his wife.
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