A perforated bowel, otherwise known as gastrointestinal perforation, consists of a gap that forms within the wall of the large intestine. This allows contents of the colon to escape into the abdomen, leading to a variety of complications that vary in their severity. While this condition is relatively uncommon, reports suggest that recipients of vaginal mesh products are at an increased risk of experiencing it. Accordingly, vaginal mesh has demonstrated an increased propensity for mesh erosion and subsequent perforation of localized tissue. Signs of bowel perforation may range from pain to fever. However, should this condition be left untreated, it may lead to severe, life-threatening complications.
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Vaginal Mesh Linked to Bowel Perforation
Vaginal mesh, otherwise known as surgical mesh, consists of either a metallic or polymeric screen. The screen itself is used as a reinforcement in the presence of compromised bone and tissue on the pelvic floor. Typically, vaginal mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. However, traumatic injuries resulting from childbirth may also require vaginal mesh intervention.
Transvaginal mesh products are surgically implanted to reinforce and strengthen pelvic floor tissue that has been compromised by these complications. The strategical placement of transvaginal mesh supports the contents of the abdomen and prevents them from becoming displaced. Of significant concern, however, is the rate in which transvaginal mesh products experience some form of failure. Unfortunately, one of the most common complications associated with these devices is that of bowel perforation. This particular condition allows the contents of the colon to escape into the abdomen, leading to a number of dangerous complications. Signs of bowel perforation, resulting from the use of transvaginal mesh, may include the following
- Organ perforation
- Bleeding episodes (hemorrhage & hematoma
- Revision surgery
- Transvaginal mesh exposure
- Mesh erosion into bladder or rectum
Vaginal Mesh Executive Summary
The following FDA Executive Summary reveals the dangers associated with the use of vaginal mesh devices:
The FDA conducted a search of the Manufacturer and User Device Experience (MAUDE) database for medical device reports (MDRs) of adverse events associated with all transvaginal mesh products received from January 1, 2005 –
December 31, 2010. The investigation revealed 3,979 incidents of injury, death, and malfunction. Subsequently, 2,874 reports out of the 3,979 cases were received in the last 3 years. Furthermore, 1,503 of the adverse events reported were associated with the transvaginal treatment of POP.
From 2008 to 2010, the most frequently reported complications regarding the surgical application of vaginal mesh included vaginal mesh erosion (otherwise known as exposure, extrusion or protrusion), pain (including painful sexual intercourse known as dyspareunia), infection, urinary problems, bleeding, and organ perforation.
Do I Have a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in vaginal mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new vaginal mesh lawsuits.
Free Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, we are currently accepting cases in which the use of a vaginal mesh has resulted in serious injury. If you or a loved one has been harmed after receiving a vaginal mesh implant, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.