Vaginal sling surgery: Complications, injury and problems from transvaginal surgical mesh
Many women turn to vaginal sling surgery when the symptoms of stress incontinence or overactive bladder don't respond to conservative treatment.
Their urinary incontinence so disrupts their life, that they consider vaginal sling urinary incontinence surgery to resolve their health issues.
Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh patch surgery is much more invasive and has a higher risk of complications than do other options.
Vaginal sling procedures
The transvaginal sling mesh surgery is the most common surgery to treat stress incontinence.
This surgery uses strips of a person's body's tissue or synthetic material or mesh to create a pelvic sling around the bladder neck and the tube that carries urine from the bladder (urethra). The sling provides support to keep the urethra closed — particularly when a person coughs or sneezes.
Unfortunately, many women have come forward to say vaginal slings such as the Gynecare TVT mesh implant has caused serious complications.
Certain complications of transvaginal placement of surgical mesh were detailed in an FDA Public Health Notification dated October 2008.
Read the FDA Public Health Notification: Serious Complications Associated with Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh in Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence
Over the past three years, FDA has received over 1,000 reports from nine surgical mesh manufacturers of complications that were associated with surgical mesh devices used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
The most frequent complications included erosion through vaginal epithelium, infection, pain, urinary problems, and recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence.
There were also reports of bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion.
In some cases, vaginal scarring and mesh erosion led to a significant decrease in patient quality of life due to discomfort and pain, including dyspareunia.
Treatment of the various types of complications included additional surgical procedures (some of them to remove the mesh), IV therapy, blood transfusions, and drainage of hematomas or abscesses.
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