Urologists and specialists from across the nation gathered recently in Orlando to attend the annual American Urological Association (AUA) conference and to debate the use of transvaginal mesh devices.
The AUA has maintained that the used of mid-urethral mesh slings is an important option for women who choose surgical options to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Four specialists debated the safety of the procedure and the severe complications that women are experiencing as a result of the surgeries. Those complications can include erosion of the mesh, chronic pelvic pain and pain during sexual intercourse.
Two of the doctors who support the surgeries said that the benefits far outweigh the complications that women may experience. They argued that the surgeries are minimally invasive and can be done in as little as 22 minutes.
Two specialists, who opposed the surgeries as they are now performed, highlighted the complications caused by procedures. Both doctors said that women have approached them to have the mesh removed.