Pennsylvania Transvaginal Mesh Attorney Explains the Difference: Synthetic v. Biologic Mesh

There are different types of mesh implanted transvaginally to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) as well as stress urinary incontinence (SUI).  Oftentimes, women implanted with transvaginal mesh products may not be aware of what material the implants are made of.  Some products are made out of synthetic material, such as polypropylene (plastic), while others are made out of biologic material, whether it be cadaver (human) tissue or bovine (pigskin) tissue. 

Synthetic Transvaginal Mesh Products

The vast majority of transvaginal mesh products associated with injuries are made out of synthetic polypropylene.  The injuries that these mesh products have caused women include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Erosion of the mesh;
  • Scar tissue plate formation around the mesh;
  • Foreign body reaction resulting in infection, pain and discomfort;
  • Organ perforation;
  • Pelvic pain;
  • Urinary problems;
  • Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence;
  • The need for future surgeries to remove the mesh; and
  • Dyspareunia (pain during intercourse).

Every woman is different, so some women may experience just one complication while others may experience multiple complications.  Because every situation is unique, it takes a thorough and professional legal evaluation to determine if any of the complications/injuries listed above can be linked to transvaginal mesh products.

Biologic Transvaginal Mesh Products

It is important to keep in mind that there may be complications associated with any mesh product, including those made out of biologic material.  However, the evidence linking a biologic transvaginal mesh product to complications and injuries is not nearly as extensive as it is for synthetic polypropylene transvaginal mesh products.  The key difference between synthetic and biologic transvaginal mesh products is the fact that the synthetic material does not do well inside the body, while biologic material is supposed to be more biocompatible and therefore adapt well with the body so that the biologic mesh integrates with the woman’s own tissue.

In fact, because synthetic mesh may not integrate well with a woman’s own tissue, the tissue may begin to grow around the product and become infected.  The synthetic mesh may even attach to the woman’s tissue in a way that makes it difficult if not impossible to fully remove a synthetic mesh product.  This is not unlike a situation where gum gets stuck in someone’s hair, and in order to remove the gum, some hair also has to be removed.  As such, if removal of a synthetic mesh product is necessary, there’s a possibility that a woman’s own tissue may need to be removed along with the mesh.

Given that there are so many different transvaginal mesh products on the market (both synthetic and biologic), it is often difficult to know for sure what type of product you had implanted.  By speaking with an attorney, you may be able to determine what type of mesh you had implanted by review of your medical records.  It is at this time that your attorney will be able to tell you whether or not you may have a valid transvaginal mesh claim.

Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

Whether you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a transvaginal mesh product, it is crucial to have a good understanding of legal options that may be available to you.  Because not all transvaginal mesh products are alike, it takes a thorough evaluation of a skilled Pennsylvania Transvaginal Mesh Attorney to determine if you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.  If you would like to discuss your situation in further detail, contact Cordisco & Saile, LLC today by calling (215) 791-8911 to schedule your free consultation.  You may also complete an online form by going to our Contact Us page, and someone from our office will respond to your inquiry right away.