Approximately 1 in 30 women opting for vaginal mesh surgery to treat urinary stress incontinence will have to either remove or replace the mesh within 10 years according to this study.

On September 9, 2015, JAMA Surgery published online the results of a 10 year study at Western University in Ontario, Canada. Researchers followed the results of 59,887 women who had mesh implanted by around 1000 surgeons over the course of the study. The data showed that after 5 years, 2.2% needed a revision surgery while the number increased to 3.3% after 10 years. This means a woman’s odds of needing to have a second mesh surgery could be 1 in 30.

One interesting conclusion noted by the researchers is that the patients of surgeons who did higher volumes of mesh surgery had better outcomes. Apparently, it doesn’t seem to matter if the surgeon specialized in gynecology or in urology, the higher volume performers in both specialties did better. Surgeons that were not as familiar with mesh surgery to treat urinary incontinence had a 37% increased chance of complications among their patients.

Urinary stress incontinence can develop if muscles supporting the bladder become weak. This can happen as because of childbirth, being overweight, and aging. Any action that puts pressure on the bladder, such as coughing, can result in urine leakage.

With an estimated 1 in 7 women in the US facing the need for surgery to treat urinary stress incontinence at some point, it appears very important for any patient to know just how much past experience their surgeon has had before agreeing to this type of surgery.

Complications after vaginal mesh surgery can include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Fistulas
  • Mesh erosion
  • Painful intercourse

This latest study enforces the importance of having a serious discussion with your surgeon before having mesh surgery. Question them about their past experience with your type of surgery and because of the risks involved, ask if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Because of the serious side effects of some mesh surgeries, many have turned to the legal world for help. Claims are being filed by thousands of women that experienced serious complications as a result of transvaginal mesh surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse. We are also reviewing claims for patients who had hernia repair treated with a biologic skin graft product called Alloderm.

If you experienced complications or needed revision surgery after either transvaginal mesh or hernia repair surgery with Alloderm, please contact us immediately to find out if you may have a legal claim.