LONDON — A recent Australian study has shown that a transvaginal mesh is only slightly more effective than natural tissue, and has a high risk of serious side effects.
After examining 37 trials that included over 4,000 women, researchers concluded that surgical meshes were only 7 percent more effective than native tissue transplants in preventing organ prolapse.
A new Cochrane systematic review published last month concluded that there was almost a one in 10 chance that transvaginal mesh recipients would require at least one corrective procedure. These statistics have prompted the Scottish Minister of Health to advise hospitals not to use surgical meshes. In addition, a New Zealand commission is actively tracking meshes and associated complications.
Lead author Corinna Christmann-Schmid stressed that this “evidence underlines the need to balance potential harms against the potential benefits of surgery.”
Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects, Complications
A number of events, most notably surgery and childbirth, often cause a woman’s abdominal muscles to weaken.
The result is often pelvic organ prolapse (PoP), a painful condition in which some internal organs sag and create pressure on other internal organs. Johnson & Johnson, along with other transvaginal mesh manufacturers, told millions of women that a mesh was a quick and easy fix for the problem.
But as early as 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began issuing warnings about serious transvaginal mesh complications — most notably erosion.
Essentially, the mesh fabric becomes embedded with other tissue, almost like chewing gum in long hair. The excruciating pain makes sexual intercourse difficult or impossible. In addition, erosion often causes life-threatening urinary tract infections.
Last year, a Delaware jury ordered transvaginal mesh manufacturer Boston Scientific to pay $100 million in damages.
There are currently over 50,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in the United States alone.
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