Choosing the right transvaginal mesh revision surgeon
For most women who are suffering from the horrible complications of their faulty transvaginal mesh device, keeping the device in is not an option. But getting it out isn’t easy.
It usually takes three or more revision surgeries to remove it completely, and many women are forced to deal with the mental and physical pain on their own while they search for a trustworthy surgeon.
Transvaginal Mesh Removal
On July 13, 2011, the FDA issued an update to the October 2008 public health warning stating that surgical mesh for TVM repair of POP as an area of “continuing serious concern.” The FDA update stated:
- Adverse affects continue despite removal of the mesh
- As much as 10% of the mesh may erode within 12 months of surgery
- 50% of women find the mesh is often impossible to completely remove as it was partially absorbed
- Complications of TVM for posterior repair (rectal prolapse) outweigh the reward
- Surgery to implant TVM has a higher incidence of 2nd surgery than any other vaginal operation
- Incontinence post-TVM surgery is more frequent than with traditional methods
Your Transvaginal Mesh Removal Surgery
A study presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons looked at 19 women who had undergone transvaginal mesh removal. Most of the patients reported mesh erosion, recurrent pelvic prolapse, chronic pain, and sexual dysfunction as the reasons for removal.
In removing the mesh, surgeons need to remove the surrounding tissue carefully. That usually involves cutting out mesh and surrounding tissue and then stitching the area closed.
Choosing a Surgeon:
Before choosing a surgeon for your tranvaginal mesh removal, ask yourself these questions:
- Are you comfortable talking to your doctor?
No matter how well qualified your doctor may be, you won’t have a high-quality experience if you can’t effectively relay your concerns or worries. Some patients need more attention, and will need a doctor willing and able to spend time discussing their concerns. Your TVM surgeon should be able to answer all of your questions adequately.
- Does he answer all of your questions?
Do you feel like your doctor answers all your questions? Does he or she relay information in a way that you understand? Do you feel comfortable asking all of the questions you have, even the most personal ones? If you call your doctor’s office, do they respond in a timely manner?
- Does your doctor perform this procedure regularly?
Ask your doctor how often he or she performs transvaginal mesh revision surgery. You don’t want an inexperienced surgeon.
- Is your doctor located in a place you can get to?
It is tempting for some people to fly off to have their surgery done by the most popular transvaginal mesh doctor in the field. But often, the wiser decision is to have a qualified local doctor perform your mesh removal surgery.
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