If you underwent a surgical procedure where the doctors used surgical mesh, they likely told you the potential benefits. For instance, some types of mesh can actually get absorbed by your body over time, meaning you don't need a second surgery, and others can be implanted permanently. You likely got the impression that this was completely safe and that you did not need to worry about anything.
That may not be true. There is actually some evidence of serious negative consequences when a surgical mesh is used. Some of the problems may include:
- Serious pelvic pain
- Contraction of the surgical mesh over time
- Infection at the site
- Bleeding or discharge from the vaginal area
- Pain when having intercourse
In some cases, this happens because of the exposure of the surgical mesh or the erosion of the mesh after it has been used. This is a serious complication that can cause you lasting pain and discomfort.
Does it happen to everyone? It does not, but every situation is unique. For instance, some reports show that those with permanent mesh tend to have the most problems. If it cannot be absorbed by the body and then it constricts, becomes exposed or has other issues, that's when you start to see these life-changing physical symptoms.
If this has happened to you, you are probably looking for answers. You want to know why this happened and what next steps you can take. It's frustrating and distressing on many levels. Make sure you are well aware of the studies surrounding surgical mesh and the legal options that you may have.