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When Surgical Mesh Doesn’t [mesh]

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

Surgical mesh is essentially a net used to support organs and hold them in place. Surgical mesh is commonly used to repair hernias and prolapsed organs. Typically this netting is made from synthetic materials although there are a limited number of biological meshes.

Sometimes this surgical netting does not properly “mesh” with the body. Recent safety alerts by the FDA regarding transvaginal use of surgical mesh and surgical mesh used to treat hernias indicate some of the complications associated with the use of surgical mesh.

Mesh contraction:

Mesh contraction has been reported in cases with transvaginal use of surgical mesh. As the mesh shrinks, it has reportedly caused a wide variety of ailments:

  • Severe vaginal pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Tenderness
  • Vaginal tightness
  • Vaginal shortness

Mesh erosion:

The most common complication associated with surgical mesh is mesh erosion. The mesh can erode through other tissue in the body, such as the vagina or internal organs such as the bladder. This can cause a variety of symptoms, some of them debilitating. This condition can require multiple surgeries to repair, and in some cases, even multiple surgeries fail to completely solve the complication.


Surgical meshes have many nooks and crannies that can become home to bacteria. Most meshes are designed to allow the body’s immune system access to all areas of the mesh; however, some mesh designs do not accomplish this task as well as others. If bacteria are able to nest on the mesh before the body’s immune system can access and clean out the area, the bacteria can rapidly reproduce and lead to infection. Once the surgical mesh is comprised it will likely have to be removed via surgery.

If you have surgical mesh implanted and experience any complications or symptoms, such as persistent vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic or groin pain or pain with sex, that last after your follow-up appointment, the FDA recommends that you notify your health care provider. After you have taken care of your health, you can also contact the attorneys at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. for a free consultation and case evaluation by our product liability lawyers.