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Beware of vaginal mesh patch surgery for pelvic organ prolapse repair

meshSurgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is not to be taken lightly. Like any surgery, there are the usual risks regarding anesthesia mishaps, opportunistic infections, wrongly dosed medication, and more.

Before signing on the dotted line for surgery, ask your doctor what other non surgical solutions are available. Options may include diet and beverage intake management, toning pelvic muscles, biofeedback, estrogen cream, medications, and bladder training.

When meeting with your doctor, take along your spouse or a friend who can also listen to the medical-speak dialogue and ask questions that you might not think of. Two sets of ears are helpful for a better understanding of what lies ahead.

Ask your doctor to give you a list of benefits vs. risks for using a vaginal mesh patch.

Ask for clarification in lay person terms if your doctor uses terminology that you don’t understand. Sometimes medical professionals slip into acronyms or abbreviations which are meaningless to patients.

Find out how many surgeries you will need. Will one vaginal mesh patch surgery make your POP or urinary incontinence symptoms go away? What is the success rate of vaginal mesh patch surgery?

Ask your doctor about the latest FDA alert dated July 13, 2011. According to the release, the FDA states that surgical placement of mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse poses risks, andother options may expose women to less risk than transvaginal procedure. Also along with greater risk there seems to be no evidence of greater clinical benefit such as improved quality of life.

If you have already had the vaginal mesh patch surgery

If you have already had the vaginal mesh patch surgery, ensure that you continue to have routine checkups. Notify your doctor if you begin to suffer from persistent vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic or groin pain, or painful sexual intercourse.

If you change healthcare providers or doctors, make sure your medical records follow you everywhere. Let the new doctor know about past surgeries and whether or not vaginal mesh patch surgery occurred, and if possible, the brand of vaginal mesh patch surgery.

Women who are experiencing serious and painful side effects from vaginal mesh patch surgery should contact Anapol Schwartz, a personal injury law firm, with an emphasis on faulty and negligent medical devices. Let’s find out what your legal options to obtain a settlement for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of quality of life.

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