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America Now report: ‘Routine surgery dangerous for women’

Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic of America Now report on a woman from Curtice in the United States who experienced pain and complications from mesh implant surgery.  Teresa Sawyer developed devastating complications after her TVT surgery to cure stress incontinence.  Although she was told that this would be “routine surgery”, Teresa suffered debilitating problems from this surgery and lives a life filled with pain.

America Now’s article explains how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 2,800 reports of cases like Teresa’s where patients have developed complications following mesh implant surgery.

Surgeon Tom Margolis maintains that the surgery violates “core basic surgical tenets” because it requires inserting the device through the vagina, which is not a sterile surgical environment.  He remarks that erosion rates have been shown to be unacceptably high – as much as 15.6 percent.  Margolis argues that industry has hired key doctors to promote this product and the complications may have been under-reported.

The news feature comments on how the mesh device was cleared under the FDA’s 510k regulatory pathway for medical devices which meant it did not undergo testing before being approved because it was deemed similar to a product which was already on the market.  Recent hearings at the FDA have resulted in a call for more extensive testing.  The mesh device remains on the market at present.

Click on link to view the video footage on America Now: America Now New’s Story: Routine Surgery Dangerous for Women

Read Teresa’s story in “The Press”:

Click on link to visit Teresa and David Sawyer’s website:



5 thoughts on “America Now report: ‘Routine surgery dangerous for women’

  1. Thank you for posting this story. It is so important to get the word out to let women know this is a dangerous and faulty medical device that is still being used and hurting women! Though, J&J is no longer selling their pelvic floor mesh products, they are allowing doctors and hospitals use what is left on their shelves! Also, other device manufactures are still putting this dangerous devices on the market and in women! This is something that needs to stop to save women from the dangerous effects of mesh!

    Posted by Teresa Sawyer | July 14, 2012, 3:03 pm
  2. Yes I had this website link on a question document I complied to ask doctors the right questions – these documents need to be shared and blind faith needs to be replaced with very careful informed questions about the experience and quailifications doctors have to make decisions and perform operations on TOT / TVT operations. By asking questions recommended by the MHRA a doctor who would have operated admitted lack of experience which means my doctors commissioning board have to agree to me getting the operation out of area . Ladies be wise and ask questions about their experience!

    Posted by Suki Mann | May 25, 2014, 12:21 pm
  3. We are all been seriously harmed and now deserve the best to out things right

    Posted by Suki Mann | May 25, 2014, 12:25 pm
  4. Yes I agree. Most women are very cautious of further surgery when things have gone wrong the first time and need to be confident that their surgeon is experienced in performing remedial surgery. It is good to be informed from websites and ask lots of questions about the proposed treatment and surgeon’s previous experience. It’s your body and you need to know if the surgeon has done the procedure before. Good point about the commissioning board – I wonder if anyone reading has experienced issues getting treatment out of their GP’s area?

    Posted by tvtinfo | May 25, 2014, 6:04 pm
  5. oh gosh Im in pain today. feel lkke ive got cystitis and i cant empty my bladder . its horrible

    Emma x

    Posted by Emma Ashby | September 19, 2015, 10:50 am

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