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Vaginal Mesh Sling Linked to 3% Recurrence Rate

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Mario Rosales2 years ago

About 3 percent of women who undergo surgery involving vaginal mesh slings for incontinence will need a repeat procedure within 10 years to remove or replace the sling.    

Experienced Surgeons Can Reduce Recurrence Risk

According to a study cited by Reuters News Agency, about one in 30 women who undergo surgery for urinary incontinence will have to get the mesh sling replaced.  Additionally, the study showed that women who undergo the procedure from experienced surgeons who perform a high number of the procedure are 37 percent less like to need a replacement.

The research team from Western University in London said the women who undergo the procedure should know what their surgeons past experience is.  Complications with the procedure have linked the devices to chronic pain, fistulas, and mesh erosions into the urethra or vagina. 

Complications can lead to multiple surgeries to replace and remove replace the mesh sling.  More than 50,000 women have joined class action lawsuits related to complications with vaginal mesh

About Urinary Stress Incontinence

All of the following information was provided by Reuters News Agency:

  • Millions of women develop urinary stress incontinence when muscles and tissues that support the bladder weaken.
  • Simple actions such as coughing, running, or lifting heavy objects can put pressure on the bladder and cause urine to leak. The risk increases with age, obesity, and multiple vaginal childbirths.
  • After an average follow-up of five years, 1,307 women, or 2.2 percent, have needed a re-operation for removal or revision of the vaginal mesh sling.


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