When undergoing surgical procedures in Nashville, patients put their trust in the medical community to use only those techniques and devices deemed safe. However, some devices have been shown to cause significant harm to patients, which can result in a range of serious health effects and even death in extreme cases.
According to the Mayo Clinic, women suffering from a prolapse of pelvic organs (such as bladder, uterus, small intestine and others), often undergo the application of transvaginal mesh. Surgical mesh is intended to provide additional support to the pelvic floor, which in turn keeps organs in place. This treatment can also be used for treatment of incontinence related to movement, which involves urine leakage when coughing or lifting heavy items due to a weakened sphincter muscle.
Despite claims that transvaginal mesh is safe, the procedure is associated with a number of health complications. Patients who received the treatment for pelvic organ prolapse tend to face more serious side effects than those undergoing the procedure for incontinence (which is associated with increased pain and a risk of infection). Pelvic prolapse patients may face complications such as erosion of mesh, difficulty and pain during sex, problems with urination, perforation of organs and bleeding.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is well-aware of the issues related to transvaginal mesh and pelvic prolapse. In 2011 the FDA updated a previous announcement regarding this treatment to state that severe complications are not in fact rare, and that medical professionals must take extreme caution when performing this surgery to ensure patient safety. In addition to recommending specialized training for surgeons who perform this procedure, they also recommend using alternative treatments when at all possible.