Doctors and the Vaginal Mesh

Many doctors have turned a blind eye the the complications of the vaginal mash and the vaginal mesh lawsuits.

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Transvaginal Mesh Patch Linked to Dangerous Complications

Study Suggests Many Doctors Unfazed By TVM Dangers

A recent survey of medical professionals indicates the use of mesh for chronic pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is declining amid increased safety concerns about the product—but not as steeply as you might think.

Furthermore, the use of mesh as primary repair for non-chronic pelvic organ prolapse (POP)—that is, at the first onset of symptoms—is actually increasing, according to the study.

Despite warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that date back as far as 2008, just 23% of professionals surveyed by a University of North Carolina research team intend to decrease their use of mesh for recurrent repair.

Their blasé attitude is somewhat shocking, considering the FDA reported in 2011 that reports of adverse effects increased five-fold from 2008 to 2011 over the prior three years, with nearly 3,000 reports of injuries such as vaginal scarring, pain and muscular problems. The report told doctors that, in many cases, POP can be corrected without the use of mesh.

Transvaginal mesh is used for those suffering from POP to offer additional support to abdominal tissue. The product is also used in cases of stress urinary incontinence.
Awareness May Be Increasing

The new information was presented to doctors at the annual meeting of the American Urogynecologic Society earlier this month. The study asked surgeons, physicians, gynecologists and urologists about their use of mesh.

The new study was conducted in 2011 as a follow-up to the FDA’s report on mesh a few months earlier.

It found that specialists were more likely to rely on mesh for all kinds of prolapse repair than general physicians. Among other findings:

● About 20% surveyed said they used mesh only for recurrent prolapse.

● About 8% said they referred patients to another provider for an assessment of whether mesh was an appropriate option.

● About 6% reported using no transvaginal mesh at all.

Perhaps the most promising finding of the study was that more than half of the 281 doctors surveyed said they had changed their methods of counseling patients to include more information about mesh. Hopefully, that information will help more patients make an informed decision before they are implanted with a potentially harmful device.
Are Doctors Doing Too Little?

We rely on our doctors to warn us about any and all risks so we can make informed decisions. Adding additional information about product dangers to patient counseling is the bare minimum health care providers can do for patients. Not doing so would be irresponsible.

Should we interpret this disheartening new survey to mean doctors think the dangers of TVM have been overstated? Is it a step in the right direction that some intend to decrease mesh usage, or is it too little, too late?

Article courtesy of a vaginal mesh site