Breaking News Bar
updated: 7/13/2011 11:05 AM

FDA: pelvic mesh for women riskier than thought

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Federal health officials say a product used in surgery to treat incontinence and other women's health problems causes far more complications than previously thought and is likely exposing patients to unnecessary risks.

The Food and Drug Administration says women who have a surgical mesh implanted to support their reproductive organs are at greater risk of pain, bleeding and infection than women who have traditional surgery with stitches. FDA scientists say those risks come with no clear benefit in quality of life or outcome.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The warning only applies to mesh when it is used to support reproductive organs that have collapsed through the pelvic wall.

The FDA says more than 1,500 complications have been reported among those patients in the last three years, up 500 percent from the previous three years.

Share this page
    help here