Christina trusted her doctor. He advised her to have a transvaginal mesh implant for urinary incontinence, assuring her that it was an advanced and minimally invasive procedure. “He did tell me that I might have some discomfort for a few weeks after the procedure and not to have sex for six weeks,” says Christina.
“He didn’t tell me that I would have horrific pain and no sex, period.”
If Christina had researched transvaginal mesh side effects, she would have discovered that the FDA since 2008 has warned about the problems with transvaginal mesh, citing “1,000 reports of complications associated with surgical mesh.” In 2011, the agency reported that one in 10 mesh surgeries fail. And many of those complications are associated with AMS mesh products Elevate, Apogee, Perigee, Monarc, and Sparc Sling.
Like a number of women LawyersandSettlements has interviewed, Christina’s doctor, for one reason or another, didn’t have a solution, he couldn’t alleviate her pain or remove the mesh. Christina believes that removing the mesh was something that he couldn’t do.
“All he could do was prescribe Vicodine [a pain killer] and some cream to numb the area, but it didn’t help. In fact it just made me feel lightheaded,” Christina says. “My vaginal area felt like shards of metal and then I began to get spasms in my groin that went down my leg. I finally got him to refer me to a specialist at the Mayo Clinic so I am hopeful that my appointment next month will put an end to this nightmare.”