In urogynologic procedures, surgical mesh is permanently implanted to reinforce the weakened vaginal wall to repair organ prolapse or to support the urethra to treat urinary incontinence.
The placement of surgical mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapsed (POP) poses risks. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says other options may expose women to less risk than the transvaginal procedure.
Transvaginal surgical mesh problems
From January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2010, the FDA received 2,874 reports of complications associated with surgical mesh devices used to repair POP (1,503 reports) and stress urinary incontinence or SUI (1,371 reports), respectively.
Between 2008 and 2010, there were seven reported deaths associated with POP repairs. A follow up investigation revealed that three of the deaths were related to mesh placement procedures – two bowel perforations and one hemorrhage.
Prior to that, in a report dated October 20, 2008, the FDA noted that the number of adverse events reported to the agency for surgical mesh devices used to repair POP and SUI for a three-year period from 2005-2007 was more than 1,000.
This is disturbing
In October 2008, the FDA made recommendations to healthcare professionals advising them about the risks of transvaginal mesh and recommending other safer procedures based on more than 1,000 adverse events reported. And in July 2011, the FDA is communicating with more urgency about transvaginal mesh injuries.
Once again almost three later, the FDA is repeating the same stern warnings to healthcare professionals. For some women, it could too late. They are already suffering.
How many thousands of women received the more risky transvaginal mesh during that almost three year period? Lawsuits prevail across different transvaginal mesh brands. Why even allow the products to be used if they present so many risks?
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