Barbara Carter says she knew something was amiss the morning after surgery to have surgical mesh implanted to treat stress urinary incontinence. “I had pain where I had never had pain before,” she told First Coast News. “I told my doctor … I couldn’t move my body. My legs hurt so bad, and they told me I would get better.”
But she didn’t get better. Three years later, she went to another doctor who had devastating news. “They found out I had the mesh and it was all in my bladder and basically in my intestines everywhere,” she said. “I went to Mayo Clinic in 2010 and they had to open me up and (do) pelvic reconstructive surgery to try to get rid of all that mesh that had eroded and was floating around and caused all the infection.”
Carter is one of hundreds of women who have been seriously injured by transvaginal mesh. The device is used to repair common pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is inserted vaginally and is used to shore up organs that have dropped.
In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that the mesh may have caused serious problems including erosion, organ perforation, hemorrhaging and even death. Many women require multiple surgeries to remove the mesh, and some never fully recover.
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh. Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of injuries caused by transvaginal mesh.
Source: First Coast News