Pelvic organ prolapse (POP), caused by the weakening of the tissues that hold pelvic organs, may be experienced by 30-50 percent of women. Despite its controversial results, transvaginal surgical mesh is the primary treatment for pelvic organ prolapse. Unfortunately, pelvic organ prolapse repair with surgical mesh can sometimes lead to complications and additional surgeries without much added benefit. Some of the transvaginal mesh (TVM) side effects include:
Before pursuing transvaginal mesh lawsuits, patients should read about the precautions they can take to avoid dangerous complications, as recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Ask About All of Your POP Options
Transvaginal mesh is not always the best option. In fact, a review of scientific research has shown that treatment of POP with surgical mesh repair does not decrease symptoms or improve the patient’s quality of life more than options without mesh. If your surgeon does insist on using mesh, make sure to understand his or her reasons for doing so.
- Practice Consistent Post-Surgery Care
Routine checkups and follow up care are vital to a healthy recovery from pelvic organ prolapse treatment. By staying aware of your body and keeping your doctors informed, you can catch surgical mesh side effects before they advance. Notify your surgeon if you experience pelvic or groin pain during sex or persistent vaginal discharge or bleeding.
- Know Your Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery Details
If you are unsure whether or not transvaginal mesh was used in your POP repair, find out during your next visit to your health care provider. This information will help you to know the possible complications of your surgery and will ease communicate with your doctor if there are adverse side effects.