Surgical mesh – What you need to know.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the agency responsible for protecting the public by making sure that food, drugs, and products are safe to be used. The FDA has reported that surgical mesh, in particular transvaginal mesh is causing serious injuries. The FDA is also reporting that not only are the injuries serious, but they are common.
Transvaginal mesh is used in surgeries to correct pelvic organ transplant (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Some of the most common complications include: the mesh cutting through the vaginal wall, the mesh eroding into or perforating surrounding organs, pain, and infection. Once problems occur with the mesh many surgeries can be required to try to remove the mesh and to try to repair the damage caused by the mesh.
It has been quite a while since this writer has been completely outraged by a dangerous product. This mainly affects procedures performed on women, women are not being fully informed of the potential devastating risks, and when problems do occur it can mean a lifetime of excruciating pain and organ damage that may not be able to be corrected. I want to help you if surgical mesh has been used in your body and you are now suffering. Corrective surgeries should improve the quality of our lives not cause us further serious complications.
If your doctor is recommending surgery for either POP or SUI please be aware of the risks associated with the use of transvaginal surgical mesh. The FDA has posted a list of questions to ask your doctor before agreeing to the procedure (see the section titled, “Recommendations for Patients: Before Surgery.”)
If you have had surgery for either POP or SUI and are now experiencing complications please give us a call. You have questions, we have answers.