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What about the Transvaginal Surgical Mesh?

January 1, 1970 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

There are many types of material used to maketransvaginal surgical mesh. However, there is one type of transvaginal surgical mesh which has resulted in more than 600 cases against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh, such as American Medical Systems, Bard, Boston Scientific, and Johnson & Johnson.

The transvaginal surgical mesh used in these cases is made of polypropylene. Polypropylene is a plastic polymer used to make plastic living hinges, such as those on flip-top bottles of a Tic Tac box and other flip-top bottles. Polypropylene is also used to make plastic pails, pitchers, ropes, chairs, loudspeakers, and automotive components.

Polypropylene is used in medicine as well. Polypropylene has been placed into a mesh and used in repairing hernias. Years later, manufacturers developed polypropylene surgical mesh for use in pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence surgery. However, as published by The International Urogynecological Association in 2010, the female reproductive tissue is not the same as skin or stomach muscle. The abdominal wall tissue where a hernia is located is more rigid and less extendible than the vagina and female reproductive tissue. Therefore, even though surgical mesh may work for hernia repairs, surgical mesh may not result in the same benefits for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence surgery. Transvaginal surgical mesh made of polypropylene may lead to complications such as severe vaginal pain, pain during sexual intercourse, recurrent infections, vaginal shortening, and even the need for additional surgeries.

If you had transvaginal surgical mesh implanted and are experiencing any complications or symptoms, such as persistent vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic or groin pain, pain with sex, or recurrent infections, we recommend that you notify your health care provider. After you have taken care of your health, you can alsocall toll free 800-448-0883 for a free consultation and case evaluation with one of our female lawyers.