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Transvaginal mesh lawsuits continue three years after FDA warning

It has been three years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication warning the public that complications with transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence were not uncommon and could be chronic or life threatening. Since then, lawsuits against manufacturers of the devices have grown exponentially. Trasvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh that is inserted through the vagina to support organs that have dropped due to age, childbirth, obesity or other conditions. The mesh is ... Read More

Study looks at new treatments for urinary incontinence

Botox and an implantable device known as InterStim are being tested as new therapies to treat urinary incontinence in women. Women & Infants Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif., is testing the popular anti-wrinkle treatment Botox against InteStim to see which device helps with the symptoms of urinary incontinence. Nina Celona is part of the study, and received Botox treatment three months ago. The Botox can help to paralyze the muscle and prevent contractions when the bladder is not supposed to be contracting. Urinary incontinence is a common problem with women and often develops as a result of childbirth, obesity or ... Read More

European report shows adverse events with vaginal mesh greater than other procedures

Surgical techniques using vaginal meshes to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse can cause serious adverse events, and doctors should inform their patients of the potential risks associated with the devices, according to a report complied by York Health Economics Consortium on behalf of the United Kingdom’s health authority. The summaries included in the report were developed using data from systematic reviews of the effects and safety of vaginal slings and meshes, published in the past decade. The following outcomes were examined – pain persisting after six months, mesh exposure, sexual problems following the procedure, and procedures to ... Read More

University of Michigan receives NIH grant to study birth-related pelvic floor injuries

The University of Michigan was awarded a $5.2 million grant by National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study birth-related pelvic floor injuries and their relationship to pelvic floor disorders like urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The grant is the largest NIH award focused on life-long impact of birth-related injuries on pelvic floor disorders that are common yet poorly understood. These pelvic floor disorders are caused by muscle injury during childbirth. Researchers at U-M hope to find ways to reduce the number of women who suffer from these injuries. Many women who give birth vaginally go on to suffer from ... Read More

Another victim of transvaginal mesh speaks out

Sonnia Andino had been suffering for years from unusual symptoms. “Like something pulling me. I was in pain and I couldn’t stretch my leg or bend … because I feel the pressure,” she told NBC Miami. She consulted with her doctor, who linked the problem back to a device used when she had surgery to repair a pelvic floor disorder four years earlier. The device is a type of surgical mesh that is implanted through the vagina to repair conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Andino received the transvaginal mesh when she had surgery ... Read More

Researchers to test bladder sling for men

Researchers are trying to determine whether inserting a surgical mesh sling in men undergoing radical prostate surgery for prostate cancer will help with incontinence issues. The biodegradable “sling” would be inserted during robot-assisted prostate cancer surgery and support the neck of the bladder and uretha after removal of the prostate gland. The study, conducted by researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine, will assess urinary problems in patients following a complete removal of the prostate due to cancer. Half of the men in the study will receive one of the slings, while the others will receive current standard care without ... Read More

Women should discuss with doctors safety of transvaginal mesh

As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gears up to determine the fate of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders, women who suffer from these conditions are left asking what options they have for treatment. Surgical mesh is a device used to repair various conditions including stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). SUI is a type of incontinence caused by leakage of urine during moments of physical stress. POP occurs when a pelvic organ, such as the bladder, drops from its normal position and pushes against the walls of the vagina. This can happen if ... Read More

Blogger urges others injured by surgical mesh to file report

In December 2010, nine months after surgery where a surgical mesh “bladder sling” was implanted in her body to help with incontinence, Linda started a blog. It was the only way the 63-year-old widow could vent about the complications she experienced after surgery. Since then, she has received more surgeries, is in constant pain, and requires a walker for mobility. “When I started this blog it was out of my own anger and frustration because I researched mesh before I had the surgery,” she writes in an August 17, 2011 entry. “My doctor never once told me about a warning ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh failures become quality of life issues

More tragic stories are surfacing since 2008, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first warned doctors and consumers about serious problems associated with a surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse. Since then thousands of women from the United States and the United Kingdom, have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers. The surgical mesh, sometimes called transvaginal mesh, is implanted through the vagina to help support pelvic organs which have dropped due to age, obesity, or childbirth. The condition can cause pain and incontinence. The remedy, however, has put many women in worse shape ... Read More

Women file lawsuits against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh

Lisa Smith of Melbourne, Fla., says the mesh device implanted in her vagina to help with a common condition known as pelvic organ prolapse felt like barbed wire. Even now that it has been removed, the pain lingers. Smith is one of about 300 women in 34 states who have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices. The surgical mesh is designed to repair pelvic floor disorders, conditions that affect an estimated 30 to 50 percent of women older than 50. In pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic muscles and tissues such as the bladder, the top of the ... Read More