Vaginal Mesh Erosion
Vaginal mesh erosion is one of the more common transvaginal mesh complications reported by patients and physicians. Erosion may result in significant pain, recurring infections and other uncomfortable symptoms. It is estimated that as many as 10 percent of all women who have vaginal mesh implants might experience vaginal mesh erosion within the first year after the initial procedure.
The FDA has also stated in a safety report published in July, 2011 that erosion is the most common of all transvaginal mesh complications for patients suffering with pelvic organ prolapse (or POP).
An overview of vaginal mesh erosion
Vaginal mesh is a relatively new treatment for women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. However, a number of serious transvaginal mesh complications, including erosion, have forced physicians to think twice about this form of treatment.
For some patients, the mesh fails to remain in its original position, instead working its way through the vaginal wall to surrounding tissue and organs. The mesh may also become visible through the vagina, a condition referred to as vaginal mesh extrusion.
Some women diagnosed with vaginal mesh erosion become unable to have sex with their partners due to the pain that accompanies intercourse. Partners may also experience pain and irritation during intercourse, particularly when the mesh protrudes into the vagina and comes in contact with the penis.
Symptoms of vaginal mesh erosion
Like other transvaginal mesh complications, the symptoms of mesh erosion can be quite uncomfortable and include:
- Severe pelvic pain
- Perforation of the bladder or bowel
- Abscess formation
- Narrowing of the vaginal wall
- Urinary incontinence
- Recurrence of prolapse
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Treatment for transvaginal mesh complications
The most prescribed treatment for transvaginal mesh complications, including erosion, is surgery. The extent of the procedure will depend in part on the organs or tissue impacted by the erosion.
In some cases of vaginal mesh erosion, laparoscopic procedures may be used, resulting in less pain and shorter recovery times after surgery. Other patients may require traditional abdominal surgery that involves larger incisions and sometimes removal of a portion of the affected organ.
The FDA notes in their report that some women find that even multiple surgeries will not correct their transvaginal mesh complications. In these situations, women may have to live with a degree of pelvic pain for the rest of their lives.
Many women who have experienced transvaginal mesh complications, such as vaginal mesh erosion, have consulted a vaginal mesh lawyer in hopes of gaining compensation for their injuries.