Transvaginal Mesh Bladder Perforation
Transvaginal mesh bladder perforation is a serious complication associated with the use of transvaginal mesh patches, surgically implanted devices that are intended to:
- relieve bladder pressure
- strengthen damaged vaginal walls
- support the organs of the lower abdomen.
When mesh patches become displaced, they can puncture the bladder once or multiple times. In the most serious cases, the neck of the bladder is perforated, and emergency medical treatment will be crucial to saving an affected patient's life.
Symptoms of Transvaginal Mesh Bladder Perforation
Although symptoms of transvaginal mesh bladder perforation will vary depending on the location and severity of the bladder trauma, most women affected by transvaginal mesh bladder perforation will experience some combination of the following:
- abdominal inflammation
- blood in urine (hematuria)
- difficulty or inability to urinate
- pain and/or tenderness in the lower abdomen
- painful urination
In the most serious cases of bladder perforation, patients will also likely experience:
- decreased blood pressure
- drowsiness, disorientation and/or confusion
- increased heart rate
- paling, cooler skin
Transvaginal mesh patch users who develop any of the above symptoms should seek immediate medical attention to prevent further, potentially fatal complications.
Diagnosing Bladder Perforation
To definitively diagnose bladder perforation, doctors will ask patients about any abdominal surgeries and/or injuries they have endured - including whether an affected patient has a history of using a transvaginal mesh patch. Subsequently, medical professionals will:
- physically examine the abdominal region (a process that typically includes feeling the lower abdomen and assessing patient's pain and level of inflammation)
- test patients' urine for blood or other indications of bladder perforation
- test patients' blood to evaluate whether urine has spilled out of the bladder
- perform CT scans and/or MRIs to assess the number and type of bladder perforations
Most affected patients will need surgery, catheterization and pain medication to treat their bladder perforation(s). About 20 percent of all cases of bladder trauma are fatal.
Following Bladder Perforation Treatment: Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
After patients have followed through with all prescribed treatments for their bladder perforation, they should set up a free consultation with a personal injury attorney who specializes in transvaginal mesh lawsuits.
Given the severity of transvaginal mesh complications, those who are injured by this device will likely be entitled to compensation for their:
- medical bills
- necessary ongoing treatments (namely when patients need long-term treatments for irreversible complications)
- living expenses (in cases where transvaginal mesh injuries prevent plaintiffs from working for any period of time).
To incite affected women to get the compensation they deserve, most experienced transvaginal mesh injury lawyers offer free consultations and will work on contingency - meaning that plaintiffs won't have to pay for legal services until they win their settlement.
Have you or a loved one been injured after using a transvaginal mesh patch? If so, contact a transvaginal mesh lawyer today to talk to an experienced attorney who can evaluate your claim, get your case started and help you recover a highly deserved settlement.
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