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10 Good Reasons to Avoid Mesh

If you are wondering whether to have synthetic mesh inserted for stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, then you may wish to consider these ten good reasons for avoiding mesh.  Here are ten very good reasons below to avoid mesh: It’s a flawed product.  Basically, vaginal mesh is a cheap woven plastic material which … Continue reading

Disabling complications with slings for managing female stress urinary incontinence

Ordorica, Rodriguez, Coste-Delvecchio, Hoffman, Lockhart 2008 The authors of this paper report an increase in the number of women being referred with disabling complications after conservative treatment for problems following sling surgery has failed.  Synthetic slings are currently the standard surgery for women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI).  They have become popular because they do not … Continue reading

Vaginal mesh for incontinence and/or prolapse: caution required!

In their paper “Vaginal mesh for incontinence and/or prolapse: caution required!” doctors Phillipe Zimmern and Ginger Isom-Batz discuss ‘the dark side of mesh’.  They argue that procedures involving mesh may seem simple and easy to perform but could nevertheless have long-term consequences for patients. They state that many new products have been allowed onto the market despite limited knowledge regarding their safety and … Continue reading

Risks of TVT and Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

If you are considering TVT or other mesh surgery, it is advisable to find out as much as you can about TVT, the operation, the risks and any possible complications. TVT: a permanent implant You should be aware that the TVT ‘tape’ is a permanent implant which is very difficult to remove once inside the body. Do not expect it … Continue reading

British Association of Urological Surgeons publish Leaflet describing Risks of TVT

In March 2011, the MHRA held a workshop to consider how to make insertion of TVT, TOT or other types of synthetic mesh “a safer procedure”.  As a result of this workshop, the British Association of Urological Surgeons  published a patient information leaflet, which it claimed would supplement any advice patients may already have been given by … Continue reading

The Problem with TVT and Mesh Implant Surgery

TVT/Mesh Implants TVT (or Tension-Free Vaginal Tape) is a woven polypropylene mesh designed to support the mid-urethra to prevent stress incontinence.  The mesh strip is a permanent implant which is inserted transvaginally under the urethra to provide extra support during times of increased abdominal pressure such as when coughing or sneezing.   Many UK NHS hospitals use the Gynecare TVT retropubic tape which is manufactured by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & … Continue reading

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