Some women who received surgical mesh implants have experienced painful mesh erosion, in which the skin splits and the mesh protrudes, and contraction of the mesh, leading to vaginal shrinkage. Other serious complications of surgical mesh implant surgery include:
- Pelvic and vaginal pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Urinary problems
- Bowel and bladder perforation
- Additional surgeries
Several manufacturers market vaginal mesh, including Ethicon/Gynecare/Johnson, Johnson and C.R.Bard, Inc and the Mentor Corporation.
Study finds increased risk—but no benefit
In 2008, the FDA warned doctors that transvaginal placement of surgical mesh products generated more than 1,000 reports of adverse events. And late last year the the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published the results of a two-year clinical study that found “no difference in overall objective and subjective cure rates” between women who received vaginal colpopexy repair with the mesh and those who received the treatment without mesh. The report also found that women who received the mesh experienced “a high vaginal mesh erosion rate”.
In fact, the researchers brought the clinical trial to an early close in late 2009 because the side effects being reported were too severe to continue research. Over 15 percent of women in the study experienced erosion.
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 Iglesia, Cheryl B. MD, et al, “Vaginal Mesh for Prolapse: A Randomized Controlled Trial”, Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 116, iss. 2, August 2010.