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Protecting Yourself from Transvaginal Mesh Surgery Complications

By Lipton Law on May 21, 2012 - No comments

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device used in some surgeries to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition in which pelvic organs like the uterus or bladder move from their regular places to bulge into the abdomen, causing pain, urinary problems, and other medical issues.Illinois Surgical Mesh Patient Safety

Although you can’t repair problems with a defective transvaginal mesh device if it’s already implanted, you can help protect your health before and after surgery by staying involved in your own care and seeing your doctor at the first sign of possible complications. A 2009 article in the journal Nursing offers some tips:

  • Ask about alternative treatments for pelvic organ prolapse. Both non-surgical treatments and surgeries that don’t use transvaginal mesh can be helpful for some patients.
  • Ask what the risks of transvaginal mesh use are, and what the doctor thinks the benefits will be in your situation. Get a clear list of possible signs of complications and side effects that you need to watch for after surgery. Ask for a copy of the warning documentation or labels that came with the transvaginal mesh implant you will or did receive; these can provide valuable information.
  • Keep all post-surgery follow-up appointments. Write down your symptoms as you recover so that you can more easily spot patterns or see symptoms that weren’t there before. Contact your doctor if post-surgical symptoms don’t clear up in a few days, if you have the same problems you had before surgery, or if you develop pain, bleeding, or other pelvic symptoms.

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