I personally know a woman who is experiencing pelvic pain and problems as a result of transvaginal mesh. With that in mind, when I was asked, I was happy to share the following article from DrugWatch.com so I could help spread the word about the dangers of this treatment for urinary incontinence. From their website: “Drugwatch is dedicated to informing you about dangerous prescription drugs and medical devices.” As always WE have to ask questions, get second opinions and be vigilent about learning what is best for ourselves. Share this information with others… and Remember… A few kegels a day can keep incontinence away 🙂
“Transvaginal mesh is a surgical product used in procedures to restore the function of the pelvic floor and reverse symptoms of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). However, up to 10 percent of women who undergo prolapse repairs using transvaginal mesh experience complications
Pelvic Floor Disorders
The most common form of incontinence in women is SUI, which is the unintentional loss of urine prompted by activities that put pressure on the bladder like running, heavy lifting, coughing, laughing or sneezing. When transvaginal mesh surgery is performed, a small piece of mesh is implanted through the vagina to support the weakened bladder and urethra support tissues.
Not all women with prolapse experience symptoms, but those who do can feel pain or pressure in the abdomen and low back caused by displaced pelvic organs sagging against the vaginal wall. When the pelvic floor is no longer strong enough to support the pelvic organs, transvaginal mesh can be implanted, and used like a hammock to provide support and reduce pain.
Women should discuss all surgical options with their doctor before deciding which procedure is right for them. There are several surgical options that do not use transvaginal mesh.
One of the major problems with transvaginal mesh is that it is prone to erode through tissues. In fact, the sharp edges of the mesh can even perforate organs—causing a piercing, knife-like pain.
If the mesh perforates the vaginal wall, sexual intercourse can be extremely painful, or even impossible. In addition, women may experience an unpleasant vaginal odor, fecal or urinary incontinence, and frequent infections.
Women experiencing these debilitating side effects may need revision surgery to remove the mesh. These revision surgeries are not always successful since the body’s tissue grows into the mesh, and some women require multiple procedures.
These painful and costly procedures are part of the reason why so many women who suffered the adverse effects of transvaginal mesh are taking legal action.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against mesh manufacturers by women who have experienced complications from transvaginal mesh. They seek compensationto cover lost wages, emotional damage and medical bills, as well as punitive damages.
The Food and Drug Administration warns women and medical professionals about the risks associated with transvaginal mesh and the high number of complications reported. The FDA states that procedures that do not use transvaginal mesh can be just as effective in treating pelvic floor disorders.
Women who are considering corrective surgery may wish to discuss surgical alternatives to transvaginal mesh with their doctor.”
Linda Grayling writes about dangerous drugs and defective medical devices for Drugwatch.com