A new study published in JAMA Surgery and discussed in an article from Cornell University shows that the complaints women have had about surgical meshes are not unwarranted. Despite surgeons believing the procedure to be safe, infections and complications are common, especially for women with transvaginal meshes.
In the study, 41,000 women were researched who received pelvic meshes between 2008 and 2012. The researchers found that no amount of mesh is completely safe. The more mesh used in a procedure, the greater likelihood of pain and infections that lead to repeat surgeries to fix the problems caused by the mesh. The purpose of these meshes is to prevent prolapse and incontinence issues caused by weakening muscles with age. They’re also used for hernias.
Women who received mesh surgeries for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence were the group that had the most complications post-surgery, yet every group of mesh users studied had complications. The aim of the study was to see the real-world effectiveness of these meshes. Despite their initial benefits, it seems clear that the complications aren’t worth it. The aim of the study is to give mesh manufacturers and regulators data to help them improve the mesh technology.
Studies like these are strong data points for people who are seeking compensation for complications from a medical device. The team at John Foy & Associates are working with patients who are suffering from many different medical complications like transvaginal meshes. Not all medical devices or drugs are found to be safe once they hit the market. Those who suffer due to a company’s bad product and their families must be compensated.
If you believe you are suffering due to a transvaginal mesh, contact our office to schedule a free consultation.