- Removal of Transvaginal Mesh May Not Fix Problems
- April 22, 2015 | Author: Kyla Gail Cole
- Law Firm: Waters & Kraus, LLP - Dallas Office
- The dangers of vaginal mesh were recently addressed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in an article that reviews data made available in the last year. Authored by John R. Fischer, M.D. of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, the article is entitled: “What Is New in the Use of Mesh in Vaginal Surgery?”
Excision Surgery to Remove Pelvic Mesh May Not Provide Effective Relief for Women With Debilitating Pain
For many years, surgeons have used transvaginal mesh (TVM) as a way to hold pelvic organs in place for women facing pelvic organ prolapse. But the vaginal mesh itself may cause even worse problems for many women, resulting in pain, nerve damage, infection and the intrusion of the mesh through the vaginal wall. For some women, the pain is so severe that they cannot engage in sexual intercourse, urinate without a catheter or even sit down comfortably. Unfortunately, surgery to remove the pelvic mesh does not always repair the problems caused by the defective medical devices, Dr. Fischer’s recent article warns physicians.
A retrospective review of women who underwent excision surgery reportedly revealed that 51 percent still had painful symptoms after the procedure. Women with the best results after excision surgery were those who complained of the intrusion of the mesh device through the vaginal wall. But for the women left in constant pain as a result of the pelvic mesh, the excision surgery did not fix the problem. Dr. Fischer noted that “persistent pain may be the most difficult. Patients with a history of chronic pain may not be ideal candidates for the use of synthetic mesh.”