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Vaginal Mesh Concerns Prompt FDA Warnings

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) warnings on the use of transvaginal mesh in recent months have prompted a great deal of concern among the medical community and consumers alike. Recent research has shown that vaginal mesh, as a surgical implant to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP), can lead to serious, even fatal complications for women.

POP is a condition experienced by approximately 50 percent of women, according to WebMD, however few women will require surgery to treat the prolapse. Since 2002, vaginal mesh implants have been an FDA approved surgical treatment for POP.

The FDA has recently issued a warning against vaginal mesh after receiving numerous reports of serious complications from the mesh, including:

  • Bleeding
  • Intense pain
  • Deteriorating mesh
  • Puncture or harm to internal organs
  • Urinary tract disorders

These conditions appear to directly stem from the use of the potentially dangerous product to repair POP. A study conducted on vaginal mesh found that 10 percent of women had their vaginal mesh erode within one year of surgery. The study evaluated more than 12,000 women. The FDA recommends that all women who are considering vaginal mesh surgery consider that there may be serious risks associated with the medical treatment and that future surgeries may be necessary to correct the harm caused by the mesh.

If you've had a surgical vaginal mesh implant recently, and you've experienced medical complications, it's important to contact a lawyer who can help you understand your rights.

Source: WebMD, "Vaginal Mesh: New FDA Warnings," Jane Harrison-Hohner and Laura Corio, 8/1/2011

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