Mesh Linked to Problems in Incontinence Surgery

The FDA has received more than 1,000 complaints of problems associated with a vaginal mesh used in surgeries to treat severe incontinence and a prolapsed uterus in women. The problems include erosion of the mesh through vaginal tissue, infection, pain and urinary problems. There has also been a recurrence of the original problem in the mesh surgeries. According to the FDA, it has received complaints from 9 separate manufacturers of the mesh.
According to the FDA, a pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a pelvic organ such as the bladder pushes against the vaginal wall. Other organs that can be involved in such a prolapse include the uterus, bowel, and the rectum. Symptoms of such a prolapse include pain or difficulties with the bladder or bladder. Problems with sexual activity may also by symptomatic.
The FDA lists sample questions one should ask their physicial before having such mesh surgery:
What are the pros and cons of using surgical mesh in my particular case? Can my repair be successfully performed without using mesh?
If a mesh is to be used, what’s been your experience with implanting this particular product? What experience have your other patients had with this product?
What’s been your experience in dealing with the complications that might occur?
What can I expect to feel after surgery and for how long?
Are there any specific side effects I should let you know about after the surgery?
What if the mesh doesn’t correct my problem?
If I have a complication related to the mesh, can the mesh be removed and what could the consequences be?
If a mesh is to be used, is there patient information that comes with the product, and can I have a copy?