It is natural and normal for the area around an incision or the site of an operation to hurt when you wake up after surgery. Pain management is a crucial part of the aftercare for those recovering from any kind of operation.
Women who have had surgical or transvaginal mesh implanted to treat a pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence may feel discomfort and pain while their body heals. When does the normal pain associated with physical recovery turn into evidence that there is actually something wrong?
Pain that persists after several months is a common complication
Transvaginal mesh surgery often is not an outpatient surgery. Although some people are only in the hospital for a single day, many others stay more than one night while recovering from such an intensive procedure.
After the operation, the woman recovering from the surgery will have limitations on her mobility and lifting ability. She will also likely have some pain and discomfort until her body fully heals. Most medical professionals estimate about 12 weeks of recovery after the procedure before a woman can return to her normal daily life.
Pain that persists beyond those 12 weeks may be a sign of serious issues. The same is true of pain that affects sexual intimacy with a partner. These symptoms may not go away on their own and could be a sign of adhesions, inflammation, tearing or other complications associated with mesh surgery.
The FDA has recalled meshes and ended certain procedures
Transvaginal mesh surgeries have a history of catastrophic failure, although they do work for a significant number of women. There have been billions of dollars awarded to women harmed during the surgeries or who have had the mesh fail after an operation.
The FDA has not only removed certain products from the market or reclassified them but has also limited certain surgical procedures using vaginal mesh because of the failure rate and potential negative effect on patients.
If you are one of those women who had a procedure in the hope of an improved quality of life only to suffer pain and other problematic symptoms, you may have the right to take legal action like many other women who have not benefited from transvaginal mesh surgeries.