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Transvaginal mesh, also known as a vaginal mesh implant, is a net-like surgical tool that is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) among female patients. The surgical mesh is used to reconstruct weakened pelvic muscle walls and provide support. The mesh can cause adverse complications due to the incompatible nature of the material the mesh is made from, thus requiring revision surgery to remove the mesh, which may become damages over time.

Revision surgery involves partial or complete removal of the mesh with the intent to diminish the local negative effects of a foreign object and associated tissue reactions but can result in damage surrounding visceral organs or recurrence of POP or SUI. Revision surgery is complex and often more painful than the initial mesh procedure because the medical devices are designed to be permanent.


The amount of mesh that the surgeon will be able to remove may depend on the type of mesh used in the original procedure. Due to the porous structure of the mesh, bodily tissue and nerves grow through the mesh and becomes intertwined with the implant. The result is that often people have to suffer, in perpetuity, the pain caused by their mesh implant as it becomes too high risk to attempt removal of the mesh.


Even if an individual qualifies for revision surgery, there is no guarantee that all symptoms will be resolved as it exposes the patient to additional risks of infection, bleeding and pain which may last a long period of time. Other risks  following the revision surgery are; blood clot in the lungs or legs, bowel obstruction, discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse, urinary tract infection, new mesh erosion, recurrent pelvic organ prolapse, scar tissue, incomplete bladder emptying, new urinary urgence, psychological injury and death.


If you or a loved one has suffered adverse complications after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant or undergoing revision surgery to remove mesh, contact RH Lawyers as soon as possible by visiting, or via the methods listed below:


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