Noble McIntyre on February 16, 2012
Across the country, thousands of lawsuits are being prepared against the manufacturers of surgical mesh for alleged defects in their products. Thousands of women have experienced complications from the surgical mesh that is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. In 2010 alone, about 75,000 women received vaginal mesh repairs for pelvic organ prolapse, while around 200,000 women received repairs for stress urinary incontinence.
While the majority of the claims being brought are from women, men also have experienced severe complications from surgical mesh implants and are seeking compensation for their injuries. Men can also experience stress urinary incontinence, which is the leakage of urine during activities that put stress on the bladder, such as coughing or sneezing. Although stress urinary incontinence is more prevalent in women, men also have experienced these complications with bladder control.
In men, stress urinary incontinence most often occurs after prostate surgery, which can possibly damage the sphincter muscle or valve, leaving it too weak to function properly. Surgeries for treatment of prostate cancer or benign prostatic hyperplasia can leave men with stress urinary incontinence. Some men resort to non-surgical treatment options such as pelvic muscle exercises, biofeedback, and electrical stimulation. However, some men choose surgical treatment instead.
A male sling procedure using synthetic mesh is one of these surgery options. It is considered a viable treatment alternative for men with mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence. The procedure itself is relatively quick, usually taking less than an hour. Still, there are very serious complications that may occur as a result of these procedures, including bleeding, infection, erosion, inability to urinate, or recurrent leakage.
In addition to stress urinary incontinence, men can also receive a mesh implant to treat hernias. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received many reports of complications with mesh hernia repair, including adverse reactions to the mesh, adhesions, and injuries to nearby organs, nerves, and blood vessels. Most of the complications reported to the FDA have been associated with mesh products that have been recalled, including the Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patch.
Men who are married to a woman with vaginal mesh complications can also bring a lawsuit for loss of consortium. A loss of consortium claim is when a partner can no longer fulfill their sexual role or provide companionship, love, and affection like they used to before their injury occurred. When a woman has had vaginal mesh implanted, intercourse can be very painful for both the man and the woman. A husband in this situation can bring a lawsuit and seek monetary damages from the manufacturer of the mesh.