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Mesh Implants for Incontinence Often Need Revision

September 9, 2015 — JAMA Surgery has published a study warning that one in 30 women who get vaginal mesh to treat incontinence will need additional surgery.

After ten years, 3.3% of women had a complication and underwent surgery to revise or replace the implant. The study also found a 37% increased risk of complications among patients of lower-volume surgeries.

The study highlights the serious risks associated with vaginal mesh and the importance of choosing a surgeon with experience implanting the devices.

Conclusions of the study were based on data from nearly 60,000 women in Ontario who received vaginal mesh between 2002 and 2012. All of the women suffered from stress urinary incontinence, a common type of bladder leakage caused by weak pelvic muscles.

There are currently more than 50,000 lawsuits pending against several manufacturers of vaginal mesh. Plaintiffs claim they were not adequately warned that the mesh can cause devastating side effects that may not resolve even after multiple revision surgeries.

Some of these complications include chronic pain, urethra fistula, urinary incontinence or problems urinating, erosion through the vaginal wall or urethra, and dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse). Even after revision surgery, many complications significantly decrease quality of life.

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