Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition in which the pelvic organs drop out of their usual places. Prolapse can cause complications that include urinary incontinence. When doctors insert pelvic mesh vaginally to move women’s internal organs into position, this procedure can do more harm than good.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued multiple warnings to doctors that using pelvic mesh transvaginally does not provide significant advantages and may lead to adverse side effects.12 These effects are common, and there is no evidence that using mesh provides any added benefit.1
The most commonly reported adverse effect is erosion of the mesh. Pieces of the mesh can migrate to other locations. Pelvic mesh erosion can cause these symptoms:
- Severe pain
- Inability to have sexual intercourse
- Pain during intercourse
- External damage and irritation (to male partners)
These problems can be debilitating and may require additional surgeries.1 Sometimes, even repeated surgeries do not resolve the problem.
If you have experienced pelvic organ prolapse and are concerned that your pelvic mesh may be eroding, contact a lawyer once you have received medical assistance. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the doctor who decided in favor of the procedure.