According to the FDA, mesh erosion is the most common mesh-related complication that transvaginal mesh implant patients suffer. For thousands of patients who receive a vaginal sling implant to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), the implant slowly erodes through the vaginal wall causing pain, infection, and bleeding. The FDA warns that this type of complication is not rare, and that a transvaginal mesh implant is a high-risk device that has not been proven to be anymore effective than traditional non-mesh procedures. Surgical mesh erosion, also called exposure, protrusion, and extrusion, is one of the most serious types of complications patients can develop, and may result in:

  • Return of prolapse or incontinence
  • Pain during sex
  • Neuro-muscular problems
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Vaginal shrinkage

Understanding Mesh Erosion

Unlike biological mesh products, polypropylene vaginal mesh implants have been known to erode, causing serious pain and discomfort for the patients. Polypropylene surgical mesh was developed for use in hernia repairs, a considerably thicker tissue than the vaginal walls. Because industry manufacturers did not conduct thorough clinical trials testing the safety of polypropylene mesh used in the pelvic region, the effects of such devices were largely unclear. However, the FDA estimates that 10 percent of these devices may fail within a couple years of treatment, and other studies are indicating that failure rate of these devices may be as high as 17 percent. For many patients over time, the mesh will erode through the vaginal walls and become exposed, causing serious health consequences.

Treatment for Vaginal Mesh Erosion Patients

For small areas of mesh erosion, patients may be able to recover with the use of topical estrogen. But in cases involving large patches of mesh erosion, revision surgery is frequently necessary to extricate the harmful mesh from the bladder, urethral, or vaginal tissue. Patients who must undergo revision surgery are strongly urged to contact a doctor experienced in mesh removal surgery and consider taking legal action against the product manufacturer.

Your Rights to Compensation

Vaginal sling manufacturers began to widely adopt the use of polypropylene mesh for a large number of uses before conducting basic clinical studies to determine the safety and effectiveness of such devices. All of the vaginal slings on the market were approved under the FDA’s 510(k) clearance system, with little evidence supporting the marketing claims of the manufacturers. Patients who develop serious complications due to mesh erosion may be able to file a lawsuit against the product manufacturers, seeking damages incurred by their injury.

Legal Help for Transvaginal Mesh Complication Victims

The lawyers at Estey Bomerger are helping victims of transvaginal mesh devices file lawsuits against a number of manufacturers including C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon), American Medical Systems, and Boston Scientific. For a free consultation to help you evaluate your legal options and the damages you may be entitled to, please schedule an appointment today.


  1. Mary J. Beaver
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 16:08:56

    Since the implant at or about the year 2003 at Earl K. Long hospital in Baton Rouge La., have had problems with infections,cramps, amd leakage. The pain I have I,m pretty use t0.


  2. Sharon Schroyer
    Apr 06, 2014 @ 18:57:29

    I have contacted you before, you wrote to me that you had try to reach me, but was unable to do so. I apologize for that, I would have to have been at the doctors office. because I never go anywhere else, except the hospital for the last 14 years. The reason I am contacting you is because I just found out that I don’t just have a Transvaginal mesh, I found out the surgeon put in a Bladder sling and Sepra-Film in me also. I found this out in February 2014, it was a total shock. I had to have surgery and all kinds of test and that is how they found the sling and the film. Just a few hours apart I spent 22 days in 2 different hospital. And all the surgeons that saw me told me it would be to dangerous to try to remove the mesh or anything else. But I know that it is to dangerous not to try to do something. I know this is my sister-in-law passed away from exactly what I have a year ago this time last year. And my brother sat down in a chair 3 days later and died. He couldn’t live without her. But they are saying that It can’t be done, I’m saying it has to be done. This last time in the hospital I really thought I was going to die. I have a list as long as my arm the things that are going wrong with me and I am so scared. No one knows how scared.
    Well, I leave it at that . If you have anything to say please email me.
    Sharon Schroyer


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