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How Transvaginal Mesh Surgeries Can Leave Patients With Perforated Organs

Gabriel Assaad
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Partner and attorney at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing personal injury, medical malpractice & product liability
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When women suffer from pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence, it can significantly impact their lives. As a result, some doctors have recommended the use of transvaginal mesh as a treatment for these conditions. Unfortunately, some women who underwent the surgery later developed potentially life-threatening complications. One such complication is the risk of organ perforation.

Nine Tips About Transvaginal Mesh and Organ Perforation

The following is an overview of the link between transvaginal mesh and organ perforation:

  • During transvaginal mesh surgery, a pre-cut sheet of synthetic graft material is implanted through the vagina and sewn into place to provide continued support for the bladder, uterus, and rectum.
  • Studies have shown that transvaginal mesh increases the risk of organ perforation in women.
  • Organ perforation occurs when there is penetration of the wall of a hollow organ in the body.
  • Transvaginal mesh can erode through internal tissues, eventually puncturing organs.
  • The most common organs to experience perforation as a result of transvaginal mesh include the bladder, urethra, bowel, or rectum.
  • In some cases, the perforation can actually occur during the surgery that is used to implant the mesh.
  • When organ perforation is severe, victims may experience infection and difficulty breathing.
  • Organ perforation can also be potentially fatal if the perforated organs leak urine or waste into the bloodstream. This can cause potentially life-threatening complications such as septic shock.
  • To repair organ perforation, surgery is often required. The surgery may involve removal of the mesh, bowel resection, colostomy, and blood transfusion.

If you underwent transvaginal mesh surgery and suffered organ perforation as a result, we can help. We encourage you to contact us today for a consultation at 888-526-7616.

 

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