Dyspareunia Named As One Of Most Common Complications Associated With Vaginal Mesh Devices

The problem of dyspareunia or painful sexual intercourse, based on the vaginal mesh trials that have been heard so far, has been shown to be a very critical issue. Dyspareunia has been a cause of great concern since this is one of the most common complications attributed to the use of vaginal mesh devices, aside from the very significant impact it has on the lives of thousands of women.

 

High Incidence of Dyspareunia

 

In a study conducted by a group of medical researchers from the University of Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands, it was determined that pelvic pain after surgery was reported by 13 percent (35 out of 275) of the patients while 45 percent (77 out of 171) were found to have experienced dyspareunia. This was the result of a research involving 294 patients who had vaginal mesh surgeries who were evaluated six weeks, six months and a year after surgery.

 

Associated Pains

 

A woman with dyspareunia due to mesh complication may also have to endure other symptoms as if experiencing pain during sexual intercourse is not enough of a problem. In most cases, pain in the vagina, groin and buttocks go hand in hand with dyspareunia. Closely associated with this complication are other problems such as heavy bleeding, vaginal discharge, organ perforation, and infections.

 

Dyspareunia Treatment

 

In almost all cases, treatment of this condition may require a surgical procedure to remove the implanted mesh. To make matters worse, this may require removal of all the mesh and not just a portion. Pelvic surgeons have acknowledged this procedure as very complex and difficult, which may only put additional risks on the patient.

 

Despite the complete removal of the mesh, not all women may be relieved of the pain, according to various studies. At least 25 percent of the patients who had mesh excision still experienced dyspareunia even after a number of operations, based on the results of a research conducted by Dr. Erin Crosby of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and which was presented during the annual scientific meeting of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS). The risk increases if the removal of the mesh is performed after a long period from date of vaginal mesh surgery.

 

Impact of Dyspareunia on Relationships

 

Reports would confirm that there have been countless relationships that have been sacrificed as a result of this complication. While some people may consider trivial, the issue of dyspareunia is very valid and must be addressed by those responsible.

 

Due to dyspareunia and other complications that may be attributed to the use of mesh implants, the thousands of women harmed may have every right to be compensated for their suffering and other damages by filing vaginal mesh lawsuits. Lined up for hearing in 2014 are a number of mesh lawsuits after seeing certain claims resolved or settled out of court last year. Among those expected to be heard is the fourth bellwether trial against C.R. Bard after the court denied Bard’s request to exclude internal memos in the trial.

 

References:

uptodate.com

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

medscape.com

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