Vaginal mesh is a medical device used to treat involuntary loss of urine (stress urinary incontinence). In October 2008, the FDA issued a warning that vaginal surgical mesh is associated with serious injuries like erosion of the vaginal wall and strangulation of the bladder.
There are an estimated 35,000 women who suffered through bladder control problems brought on by aging, childbirth, and a variety of other causes. The lives of those who had adverse reactions to vaginal mesh were literally ruined as many experienced crippling pain and permanent scarring damage from the procedures involved in the insertion and the necessary removal of the vaginal mesh.
Vaginal Mesh, Vaginal Sling, Vaginal Tape?
There is a lot of confusion as to what the proper name of the type of surgical mesh used in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. This is because there are many different types of products in the market place. As a result of the different variations of the product many women do not know which type of surgical mesh was implanted.
Some of the popular names of the surgical mesh are as follows: vaginal mesh, vaginal slings, vaginal tape. Whatever it is that your doctor calls it, the simple fact is that all the products are made out of some sort of surgical mesh. As to whether the product is considered vaginal mesh, vaginal slings or vaginal tape really depends on the type of surgical mesh used and the place where the the mesh is implanted.
What Is Urinary Incontinence?
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is a condition which affects approximately 13 million people in the United States, predominantly women. This highly prevalent medical condition remains under-diagnosed and under-reported due to its embarrassing nature and social stigma. Female stress urinary incontinence occurs when the pelvic muscles which support the bladder and urethra are weakened; resulting in loss of bladder control. Typically, patients complain of involuntary urine loss during coughing, laughing, and sneezing and their incontinence becomes worse during high impact sports activities.
It is estimated that 50-70% of females with urinary incontinence fail to seek medical evaluation and treatment. Of individuals with urinary incontinence, only 5% in the general community and 2% in nursing homes receive an appropriate medical evaluation and treatment. Patients with urinary incontinence often endure this condition for 6-9 years before seeking medical therapy.
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What Is Vaginal Surgical Mesh?
Vaginal surgical mesh is used to surgically treat female urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The mesh, like the Bard Avaulta surgical mesh, is an artificial structure that is designed to replace eroded or weakened muscles in the urethra. When implanted, women were supposed to experience relief from their condition, what many received instead was an alarming, violent reaction to the device that lead to a plethora of medical issues.
Vaginal Surgical Mesh Linked To Erosion, Infections
There are an estimated 35,000 women who suffered through bladder control problems brought on by aging, childbirth, and a variety of other causes. The lives of those who had adverse reactions to Bard Avaulta mesh were literally ruined as many experienced crippling pain and permanent scarring damage from the procedures involved in the insertion and the necessary removal of the vaginal mesh.
Many women experienced debilitating pain as their bodies rejected the vaginal mesh, eventually these women were forced to undergo multiple surgeries to address the complications of their condition and sustained permanent injury. Ultimately, vaginal tape failed to cure their female urinary stress incontinence and caused additional medical complications.
Users of vaginal mesh, like Avaulta and Gynecare surgical mesh, presented to their physicians with extreme vaginal pains and bleeding, vaginal discharge, and infections resulting from impaired healing, vaginal extrusion of the mesh and urinary tract erosion.
Surgical Vaginal Mesh Erosion
Vaginal mesh, like the Bard Avaulta surgical mesh, can erode either into the vagina, or worse, into the urethra or bladder. When this happens surgery is a must because it can cause a lot of problems including chronic infections or a cut off of circulation.
Signs And Symptoms Of Vaginal Surgical Mesh Erosion
If you have any of the following symptoms of mesh erosion you need to go see your surgeon to have another evaluation and possible removal: malodorous vaginal discharge, vaginal pains and bleeding, pain with intercourse, recurrent bladder infections, or generalized pain.
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