If you are a Mississippi woman who underwent surgery any time in the past 25 years to correct a pelvic prolapse condition, your surgeon in all likelihood implanted transvaginal mesh into your body. Surgeons began using this strong webbed material back in the early 1990s since it holds up a woman’s pelvic organs better than her own tissues.
Unbeknownst to the surgeons at that time, transvaginal mesh was not the safe product its manufacturers claimed it to be. It took the Federal Drug Administration nearly 18 years to discover that TVM manufacturers had failed to do follow-up studies on the long-term safety of TVM before marketing it to doctors as a safe and reliable product.
Long-term health risks
The FDA issued its first transvaginal mesh health warning in 2008. Six years later, as more and more researchers published negative study results, The FDA raised this product’s long-term health risk to women from moderate to high.
In the meantime, thousands of women began coming forward to file lawsuits against TVM manufacturers and distributors. These plaintiffs alleged an ever-growing list of symptoms they suffered as a result of the transvaginal mesh their doctors had implanted in their bodies. That list of negative long-term TVM side effects keeps growing with today’s lawsuits and includes the following:
- Pelvic pain
- Abdominal pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- Urinary and/or fecal incontinence
- Sexual dysfunction
- TVM migration from its implant site into other tissues and organs
If you underwent pelvic prolapse or other abdominal surgery anytime since 1990, you likely have transvaginal mesh in your body that could be causing a multiplicity of symptoms that your doctor has been unable to diagnose. If TVM is what is causing your symptoms, be aware that they probably will become progressively worse the longer the mesh remains inside you. You may need to undergo a second surgery to remove this mesh before it further damages your body.