Transvaginal mesh implants are flexible metal, plastic polymer, or biologic implants placed in the lower abdomen to treat a number of conditions, including pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). In 2008 and 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings and recommendations to both health care providers and patients regarding the use of transvaginal mesh implants, which can cause serious health problems in some patients.
For patients with mesh implants or individuals considering surgery that includes them, the FDA offers the following recommendations:
- If you’re preparing for surgery, talk to your doctor about non-mesh-implant alternatives, as well as non-surgical alternatives for treatment.
- Ask what the possible side effects or complications of transvaginal mesh implants are, so that you know what to look for if you have problems after surgery.
- Ask for a copy of the medical information and label that come with the transvaginal mesh implant. These contain more information about the particular implant you will receive or have received, including details on possible side effects.
- Keep all your follow-up appointments with your physician. If you start having pain, bleeding, urinary incontinence, or other troublesome symptoms, or if your original symptoms return, see your doctor immediately.
Transvaginal mesh surgery complications can result in disabling side effects that can seriously impair your quality of life. If you’re suffering side effects from a transvaginal mesh implant, the experienced Michigan transvaginal mesh injury attorneys at Lipton Law can help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential case evaluation.