Vaginal Mesh Also Presents Problems for Men

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.

Noble McIntyre

Noble McIntyre is the senior partner and owner of McIntyre Law who focuses primarily on drug litigation and catastrophic injury cases. He is currently representing clients injured by the drugs Paxil, Levaquin and testosterone therapy drugs and by clients affected by oil field injuries. His goal has and continues to be to work diligently on behalf of his clients to achieve the highest and best result for his clients’ injuries while maintaining professionalism and abiding by all ethical standards of his profession. Read more about Noble McIntyre.

6 responses to “Vaginal Mesh Also Presents Problems for Men”

  • jolie
    May 19, 2014

    My 85 year old dad had a mesh implant for incontinence after a prostate cancer removal surgery. Since then he has had a decline in his ability to move, his speech is impaired, and he is STILL incontinent, in fact worse than before the surgery. The worst part is the surgeon kept him in the hospital double time, explaining that he was unhappy with the position of the 1st attempt to place the mesh, and so he was under anesthesia for double the time. When the surgeon came out he was selling us the next surgery in case the mesh did not work.

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  • Lena Arnold
    December 3, 2014

    my husband had surgical mesh used due to hernia surgery. Seven years later (this year) it became infected and he had to have more surgery to remove part of mesh. Is he entitled to compensation?

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  • Kenneth w allumbaugh
    March 13, 2015

    I had the mesh put in several years ago and have had nothing but problems ever since. My dr said i was just fine but im not. I feel like somthing is tearing inside of me and ive had trouble with my bowel movements ever since

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  • robert white
    March 16, 2015

    I had a mesh put in,1yr after prostate cancer surgery. Since I had the mesh put in ,I have high blood pressure. Also frequent headaches, pain in my groin area.

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  • Paul Burlett
    April 5, 2015

    I had a male sling put in after having prostate cancer and then 3 months later it was removed due to constant infection. It has eroded up threw the urethra several times and finally ended up having to have a Ileal conduit. Wonder if this is a case for the lawyers.

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  • Bob jones
    March 2, 2016

    I didn't no who to turn to, the pain I have down below also in my legs, lower stomac, and they sure didn't tell me being a 50 yr old man then you won't be able to have sex anymore with your wife of 30
    Yr's now, I'm 57 now had it done when I was 47 haven't had sex with wife in 7 yr's, painful and other problems, could use some help just don't no who to turn to anymore.

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