Transvaginal Mesh and Emotional Injuries

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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UPDATED: Jul 16, 2021

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Transvaginal mesh products are put to use in the therapy plan for pelvic organ prolapse (“POP”) and stress urinary incontinence (“SUI”). Unfortunately, many of these products have been malfunctioning, causing women to suffer serious physical, emotional, and psychological injuries. The most common physical complications to arise from implantation of transvaginal mesh devices include:

  • Infection;
  • Bleeding;
  • Organ perforation;
  • Urinary problems;
  • Erosion, extrusion, or protrusion of mesh through the wall of the vagina;
  • Pain, including pain during sexual intercourse (known as “Dyspareunia”).

These products are not only scarring women physically, but also leaving them at risk for a lifetime of emotional and psychological injuries. Affected patients have been known to suffer from emotional problems specifically attributable to the failure of, and/or complications from, the transvaginal mesh product. The trauma associated with mesh failure has led to severe emotional and psychological problems, not only for the women patients, but also their spouses.

Emotional and psychological injuries can be connected to a physical injury arising out of a complication with a transvaginal mesh device. Women can develop serious stress from the pain and from having to recover from multiple corrective-type surgeries. There is quite a range of emotional and psychological injuries linked to patients with transvaginal mesh devices. Unfortunately, and far too often, the physical wounds heal more quickly than the emotional and psychological wounds.

While healing from the physical complications of surgical mesh surgeries or, for some women, living with a mesh product that is clearly defective and wreaking havoc with their bodies, many women wind up dealing with some form of an emotional or psychological injury, simply because the physical complications become too overwhelming and are often attached to embarrassing situations that are quite sensitive for women. The range of emotional and psychological injuries experienced by women suffering from the malfunction or, in some cases, disintegration of a mesh product can include any of the following:

  • Depression;
  • Feelings of inadequacy;
  • Loss of self-esteem;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life;
  • Loss of sexual desire and enjoyment of sex;
  • Decreased quality of life;
  • Loss of consortium; and
  • Some type of interference with their relationships.

The above list merely provides an idea of the types of emotional and psychological injuries inflicted upon patients that have undergone complications with transvaginal mesh devices. Going through multiple surgeries on an area of the body that is known to be sensitive and private can understandably leave someone feeling violated and alone. An area of the body that a woman once viewed as sexual has, unfortunately, become very clinical. For these reasons and many more, women develop the above-referenced list of emotional and psychological issues.

Women who suffer physical complications and emotional strain may have legal claims against the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products for reimbursement of their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages. At the very least, any woman who has undergone these complications and may be looking to file a claim for her damages should contact a personal injury attorney that specializes in the representation of women harmed by transvaginal mesh products.

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