Dangers of Vaginal Mesh

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Vaginal Mesh

The medical field has begun embracing technological advances in the last two decades. The dawn of new materials for surgical procedures has given patients more treatment options for various health conditions. One of the newest innovations in the field of medicine is vaginal mesh. This is a new device that is used by women experiencing pelvic floor disorder. Vaginal mesh is a surgical device that offers additional support when repairing weakened or damaged tissue. They are mostly made from synthetic materials or animal tissues.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, a vaginal mesh can help strengthen, reinforce, or replace insufficient tissue density or elasticity in the vaginal wall. This new device is useful in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapser or POP and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). For POP, surgical mesh can be implanted in order to strengthen the weakened vaginal wall. The procedure can be done through the abdomen or via the vagina. In the case of stress urinary incontinence, the mesh can be used as an implant through their vagina to support the urethra or bladder neck. This procedure is called mid-urethral sling.

In 2011, the FDA revealed that it had received almost 4,000 complaints of injury, death, and malfunction related to mesh surgeries done between 2005 and 2010. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued warnings of serious complications related to surgical mesh inserted through the vagina for their treatment of POP and SUI. In 2016, the agency changed the classification of surgical mesh from moderate risk to high risk.

According to the FDA, complications from these implants “are not rare.” Vaginal mesh do not necessarily make life much easier for patients compared with standard surgeries and instead can make them prone to greater risks. In line with this, approximately 70,000 women have sought damages again manufacturers of mash after experiencing serious injuries from the products.

Serious Complications

The most common problems with mesh implants is erosion and organ perforation. Let us discuss the dangers of these two procedures.

Erosion

In erosion, the mesh wears through a woman’s soft internal tissues. Such complication can be extremely painful and can result to exposure making the mesh visible externally. It can often make sexual intercourse painful and impossible. The erosion of the urinary tract can also cause recurrent infections. Oftentimes, the only solution to erosion is by removing the mesh. It will take several surgeries to remove the mesh but then again there will still be mesh pieces that will remain.

Organ Perforation

Organ perforation is the penetration of the wall of a hollow organ in the body. Mesh can erode internal tissue and puncture organs such as the bladder, urethra, bowel or rectum. The perforation can happen during the procedure for implanting the mesh.

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