Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a major health issue, especially concerning to older women. Women who have had multiple children have a 50 percent chance they will one day need corrective surgery, and recurrence rates as high as 70 percent have been seen after traditional vaginal prolapse surgery. This has caused many doctors to recommend vaginal mesh for the treatment of POP. There are both pros and cons to the new method of treatment involving mesh in vaginal prolapse surgery. Not many randomized controlled trials have been published on this subject, but from the information available, improved anatomic outcomes and lower recurrence rates have been shown. Exposure of the mesh into the vagina, bladder, or bowels are the main mesh-related complications. Author M. Myrthe from the International Urogynecol Journal, conducted a study called “Surgical Management of Mesh-related complications After Prior Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Surgery with Mesh”, where it is stated “The objective of this study is to evaluate the complications and anatomical and functional outcomes of the surgical treatment of mesh-related [complications].” The above study was a retrospective cohort study of people had partial mesh excision to treat complications from pelvic floor reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Myrthe continues with the explanation of the results, “Seventy-three patients underwent 30 complete and 51 partial mesh excisions. Intraoperative complications occurred in 4 cases, postoperative complications in 13. Symptom relief was achieved in 92% of patients. Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurred in 29% of complete and 5% of partial excisions of mesh used in POP surgery. [New] stress urinary incontinence (SUI) occurred in 36% of patients who underwent excision of a suburethral sling.”
The study concludes that mesh excision is a good way to relive mesh-related complications. However there is a substantial risk for serious complications and recurrence of POP.
Since so many women have experienced these unpredicted side effects of the use of transvaginal mesh, transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed around the world. If you or a loved one used transvaginal mesh and suffered a complication of vaginal mesh, the patient may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
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