• Vaginal Mesh Complication Risk: 1 in 30
  • October 26, 2015
  • Law Firm: Waters Kraus LLP - Dallas Office
  • Patients of "low-volume" surgeons 37% more likely to need follow-up surgery than women treated by surgeons who routinely perform mesh procedures

    A decade-long study of almost 60,000 Canadian women reportedly has revealed that an alarming 1 in 30 women treated with transvaginal mesh (TVM) will suffer pain, bleeding or other complications so severe that a second surgery is required. The troubling findings on this medical device have been published in JAMA Surgery.

    Canadian Study Reveals that 1 in 30 Vaginal Mesh Patients Need Second Surgery to Repair or Remove the Implant

    The newly-published study was conducted by Blayne Welk, M.D., and his colleagues in London, Canada at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The doctors looked at 59,887 women implanted with transvaginal mesh between April 2002 and December 2012. This medical device is used to treat women experiencing stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.

    The study’s authors cautioned that patients should be made aware of the “serious complications that can occur with mesh-based procedures for stress urinary incontinence.” The doctors concluded that the safety risks of transvaginal mesh should be studied further, given that "[m]ultiple mesh-based procedures for stress urinary incontinence are a novel risk factor associated with an almost 5-fold higher rate of mesh removal or revision . . . .”