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Transvaginal mesh patient speaks out about dangers

December 21st, 2011

An Ohio woman who received transvaginal mesh has pledged to educate other women about the dangers of the device. Teresa Sawyer says transvaginal mesh is a dangerous product that can lead to severe complications, and that women and doctors have not been properly uninformed of these risks.

At the recommendation of her doctor, Sawyer underwent transvaginal mesh surgery in February 2011 to fix her stress urinary incontinence, a condition in which the bladder involuntarily leaks urine. The mesh failed, and Sawyer has since undergone four more surgeries to remove the surgical mesh.

In July 2011, the Food and Drug Administration released a warning to medical providers after it received more than 2,800 reports of complications from transvaginal mesh. Since the warning, more than 600 lawsuits have been filed against mesh manufacturers alleging the devices are faulty and could injure patients. Failed devices can lead to bleeding, infection and erosion of the interior walls of the vagina.

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