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CTV News: More women describe transvaginal mesh problems

Since Canada’s CTV News reported on a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of women who reported life-altering complications from transvaginal mesh, more women have come forward with similar complaints.

Jane Dowall was one of many women who contacted CTV News and class action lawyers after seeing CTV’s story about complications with transvaginal surgical mesh.

However, despite these increased reports, some think that the mesh is safe.

Dr. Jens-Erik Walter of the Canadian Society of Pelvic Medicine, and the Urogynecology division at McGill University, argues that complication rates are low, between one and five percent.  He points out, however, that devices have to be “properly inserted by well-trained surgeons”.  Walter also thinks that not all of the surgeons carrying out these procedures have sufficient training to manage complications and potentially thoroughly counsel patients regarding risks.

Many of these women say that although they were told there were some risks to the surgery, they were not told about the full nature and seriousness of the complications and how it would affect their health.  Many say that if they had known, they would have opted for other ways of treating their problems.

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