Doctors Debate Transvaginal Mesh Risks At Orlando Conference

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.

One of the specialists, Dr. Jerry Blaivas told the audience that he was not so concerned with the efficacy of the surgery, but the safety of the procedure. He stated, “We all agree that most surgeons recommend mesh slings, but in 1965 most Americans smoked cigarettes, and we know what happened by 1978.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it plans to reclassify vaginal mesh products from a moderate risk health device to a Class III high-risk device. This change in classification will put more stringent requirements on manufacturers to prove that their devices are safe and effective.

Recently, Endo Health Solutions agreed to settle 20,000 mesh implant lawsuits for $830 million. Several high-profile medical device manufacturers have been accused of making, selling and distributing faulty mesh devices. Thousands of lawsuits are still in the legal pipeline.

If you suffered an injury due to a vaginal mesh procedure you may be entitled to compensation for revision surgery, pain and suffering and other damages. Please contact the vaginal mesh injury attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville to learn about your legal rights. If you believe you have a case, call us at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online today.