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Fast Facts About Vaginal Mesh Surgery

As what others often say, a surgery will always have a certain side effect to one’s body. Others felt nauseous, lightheaded, groggy, and had fever for a while.However, these types of effects are recognized as a normal reaction of the body. This may be the body’s response to the different drugs and anesthesia used in the course of the operation which is only temporary and in time will leave the body.However, some surgical procedures such as vaginal mesh surgery have what we call serious effects to the body.

When does one need a vaginal mesh surgery? It was mainly used to treat abdominal hernias since the year 1950. Subsequently, 20 years after the mesh was no longer used for hernia alone, but also stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse by inserting the mesh vaginally.

A pelvic surgeon, Michael Thomas Margolis said that the very concept of transvaginal surgery using synthetic mesh defies core surgical doctrines. Generally, the vagina is considered as a clean, environment-free contraption and which embedding a mesh inside it will not be without bacterial infection.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has presented a public health notification in 2008 so that the people will be aware of the dangers of vaginal mesh devices, and in 2011 another advisory was released to notify people that the complications are rampant.

But before FDA’s public health alert, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a clinical practice bulletin on pelvic organ prolapse. It warned doctors and patients to consider the vaginal mesh procedure to be experimental. However, seven months after another bulletin was issued by the ACOG and this time the word experimental was omitted. This may be because operations labelled as experimental are not protected by third-party insurance as sign of their effectiveness and safeness is absent.

The FDA received almost 3,979 reports of grave effects connected to urogynecologic surgical mesh devices. Some experts have said the actual number of complications is likely far higher.

However, a recall has not been ordered by the FDA even with numerous reports of its complications. What they will do is to segregate the devices into a higher-risk category and needed it to be more useful and safe.Recall of these devices from the market is not likely to happen as a number of these devices are still being sold. Browse over at for articles about vaginal mesh surgery-related problems and more.



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