Surgical Mesh Implants
Vaginal Mesh: Have you experienced adverse side effects?
According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), vaginal mesh implants (also called urogynecologic surgical mesh implants) may be dangerous. In short, surgical mesh is a medical device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP). It is usually created from absorbent or non-absorbent synthetic material or an absorbent biological substance and is used to treat POP and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). During the procedure, the material is permanently implanted to strengthen the weakened vaginal wall or support the urethra or bladder neck, effectively repairing SUI or POP.
Although vaginal mesh may sometimes be an effective medical treatment, it may not be safe. According to the FDA, serious adverse side effects are common. Last year, the FDA relates a safety communication update informing gynecologists, urogynecologiests, urologist, general surgeons, family doctors and internal medical specialist explaining the potential dangers of vaginal mesh implants. Erosion through the vagina was the most common complication. Erosion (also called exposure, extrusion or protrusion), results in pain, infection, bleeding, dyspareunia, organ perforation and urinary complications.
Adverse Side Effects
Studies conducted by the FDA showed that vaginal mesh is no more effective for treating POP and SUI as traditional medical procedures and treatments. Data take from 1996 to 2011 did not indicate that surgical mesh implants were necessarily effective or safe - especially compared to traditional treatment options. Although the FDA will continue to evaluate case studies and incoming date, medical testing thus far seems to indicate several things. Firstly, there are risks involved in mesh implant surgery that are not present in traditional repair procedures.
Additionally, vaginal mesh may not actually be useful for repairing certain types of POP. For example, there is no evidence indicating at surgically implanted mesh is useful for apical repair or posterior wall repair. Erosion - the most common vaginal mesh implant complication reported by the FDA - can be extremely painful and may require multiple surgeries to repair. Some reports indicated that the mesh could contract, shorten or tighten, causing pain. Both of these complication lead to painful sexual intercourse, irritation and severe pelvic discomfort and pain. According to the FDA, these complications are not associated with a specific brand of vaginal mesh - the side effects are linked to the product itself.
What to do if You've Suffered Side Effects
Have you suffered because of a vaginal mesh surgical implant? If so, there are several steps you should take to ensure that your legal rights are protected. The FDA recommends that you report any side effects as soon as possible. This way, the FDA can continue accumulating evidence and data to better understand the problems related to vaginal mesh implants to help you and others who suffer because of an implant procedure. In order to make sure that the FDA can help you, provide the following information about your mesh implant:
- The manufacturer's name
- Brand name
- Catalog number
- Date of surgery
- Details of side effects
- Surgical approach
- Type of procedure
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