Lack of Benefits from Surgical Mesh
Written by Faith Anderson on May 21, 2013
Complications from Transvaginal Mesh Implants
According to one new study, patient satisfaction and cure rates were the same whether a woman received a surgical mesh implant for the treatment of POP, or if the condition was resolved using the patient’s own tissues. However, researchers found that women implanted with synthetic vaginal mesh experienced more complications. Researchers involved in the study found no differences in how the procedures improved the patients’ lives, findings which echo concerns previously addressed by the FDA. In fact, according to federal regulators, they have yet to find evidence of any benefit in using vaginal mesh for POP treatment, compared to more conventional treatment methods.
Mesh Erosion and Surgical Mesh Side Effects
In another study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that approximately one out of every ten women who received a transvaginal mesh implant suffered erosion of the mesh, and many developed stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in later years. After examining data on 215 women who underwent various treatments for POP over the course of seven years, the researchers found little difference in the risk of symptomatic and anatomic failure and the onset of SUI between the study participants who received a surgical mesh implant and those who did not. They did note that women who received a synthetic mesh implant had a 10.5% chance of experiencing mesh erosion after seven years.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer to File a Claim
Information about the potential risk of complications associated with Bard Avaulta mesh and other transvaginal mesh products is not new. In July 2011, the FDA issued a warning after receiving at least 2,874 reports about problems with vaginal mesh products between January 2008 and December 2010. After reviewing available data regarding transvaginal mesh, the FDA concluded that there is no evidence that surgical mesh provides any additional benefits when compared to more traditional surgery for pelvic organ prolapse treatment. If you have experienced one or more medical problems that you believe to be related to a potentially defective product like transvaginal mesh, contact a reputable lawyer in your area to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries and medical bills, which you can pursue by filing a product liability lawsuit against the allegedly negligent drug maker.