Three Canadian women are in a medical dispute with their province’s health services after receiving faulty transvaginal mesh. The women underwent transvaginal mesh surgery to treat conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary stress incontinence, but have since developed severe side effects that require surgery to remove the mesh.
No doctors in Canada are properly trained to fully remove transvaginal mesh, so the women were referred to a specialist in Los Angeles. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health turned down their request to cover the revision surgery because it will not fund out-of-country medical procedures.
The failing mesh devices have left the women with severe side effects, including internal bleeding, tissue damage and limited mobility. Most mesh manufacturers have recalled their products, and could face thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits alleging that their devices were defective.