Transvaginal Mesh Risks and Benefits Hotly Debated
A recent meeting of the American Urological Association (“AUA”) included extensive debate by surgeons and experts about the risks and benefits of transvaginal mesh slings which have been widely used in recent years for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women. The longstanding, official position espoused by the AUA is that the synthetic mesh devices are important treatment options for women affected by urinary stress incontinence, a condition that leads to bladder leakage in women due to pressure from laughing, sneezing, or other physical activity involving the abdominal area.
Below is a summary of the presentations by the AUA specialist panel that discussed the relative risks and benefits of transvaginal mesh sling implants:
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(1) Numerous complications caused by mesh, including organ injury, erosion, exposure, bladder and urethral erosion, painful intercourse and pelvic pain;
(2) Mesh removal can be difficult even for the most experienced of surgeons;
(3) One surgeon reported that 90 percent of his own patients who chose slings suffered painful sexual intercourse. For these problem cases, this doctor used fascia – the patient’s own tissue – to repair the problems. “Why not use fascia to begin with?” she asked.
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(1) Sling surgeries are minimally invasive, requiring only a small incision, and that the surgery can be done in as little as 22 minutes;
(2) Polypropylene mesh sutures have been used in hernia repair and sutures for 50 years, and there is little reason to believe that mid-urethral sling mesh will behave any differently than polypropylene mesh used in other applications.
If you or a loved one have suffered serious complications related to transvaginal mesh, you are urged to contact a transvaginal mesh attorney at Audet & Partners, LLP for a free, confidential case evaluation by calling (800) 965-1461, or by completing and submitting our case inquiry form on the right side of this page.