Sunday, December 30, 2012
Risks Associated with Stress Urinary Incontinence Treatment
This guest post was supposed to be posted a while ago. Nevertheless, here it is. It is a very interesting read, and I thank Jasmine McCarthy for taking the time to write it. She contacted me a couple of months ago on behalf of the Public Outreach Department at http://www.DrugWatch.com and wanted me to feature her guest post which contains some important information regarding women and the treatments they seek for stress incontinence. The post begins below the line.
Some form of urinary incontinence affects 30 to 50 percent of women. This percentage increases as women age. Although it is considered normal, there are things women can do to prevent or reverse it.
One common form of poor bladder control, Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), is commonly treated using a surgical procedure where a mesh bladder sling is inserted to provide support for the bladder and the urethra.
Unfortunately, the vaginal mesh can pose considerable health risks when it is inserted transvaginally (through the vagina). For many women, these complications have caused permanent damage. Currently, there are thousands of lawsuits, as a result of the medical complications associated with bladder slings and transvaginal mesh.
What is Transvaginal Mesh?
Transvaginal mesh has gained widespread popularity since its Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about a decade ago. It has been used to treat both SUI and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), another condition that is common in women between the ages of 50 and 79.
Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh is known to cause complications in both SUI and POP patients. In fact, upward of 10 percent of women who have had transvaginal mesh inserted to treat POP have experienced some form of complication. To make matters worse, the health problems that arise from transvaginal mesh are not always reversible. Even when the problems can be reversed, women may have to undergo multiple revision surgeries before symptoms improve. These issues led to one of the first manufacturers of the mesh to participate in a voluntary transvaginal mesh recall.
Complications Related to Bladder Slings
There are multiple complications that can occur when bladder slings are inserted transvaginally. These include:
• Erosion of the mesh material into vaginal or other tissues.
• Organ perforation.
• Repeat infections, especially urinary tract infections.
• Pain during sexual intercourse.
• General pain and discomfort that can occur as the mesh contracts and shrinks, pulling the tissues with it.
• Chronic inflammation caused by the body's tendency to reject foreign objects.
• Difficulty with bowel functions.
Alternatives to Risky Vaginal Mesh Materials
There are alternatives to transvaginal mesh surgery. Women who elect to undergo surgical procedures to treat SUI should discuss alternative options with their health care professional, including abdominal placement of a bladder sling.
Women who have already had a bladder sling implanted should observe a regular examination schedule and report any potential complications immediately.