For most women, pregnancy is a joyous time. Despite this, being pregnant and giving birth can lead to complications such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incompetence. Many women who have experienced these complications have turned to a permanent implant known as vaginal mesh to treat their conditions. While the mesh does help to treat these conditions, thousands of women are finding that the implants are causing debilitating pain, infection, bleeding, and damage to the nerves around the bladder and urethra. Despite this, the removal of vaginal mesh can prove complicated, as Health 24 reports.
Several lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of trans vaginal mesh. The more common complaints are of severe pain, discomfort, and that the procedure did not help with the stress urinary incontinence. Other more serious side effects included bleeding, pain during intercourse, and the exposing of mesh through the vagina. Vaginal scarring has also been reported.
With all of these side effects, many women who have undergone vaginal mesh implantation now wish to have the procedure removed. A procedure called vaginal mesh excision makes this possible.
A recent study indicates that 1 in 15 women who have had the mesh implanted will have the surgery reversed at some point. According to the UCLA school of medicine, the removal of the mesh requires a highly skilled surgeon. Removal may also require additional surgeries to correct the original prolapse and other complications that may be caused by the implantation of the mesh.
Removal of the mesh is difficult because it is intended to be permanent. Tissue grows around the implant, making complete extraction difficult.
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