Many women are being told that it does (last longer), and that if they don’t use mesh, they will be back on the (operating) table for more surgery within 1-5 years. Is this true?
Well, it’s not true according to the FDA, which put out a warning in 2011(www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm262752.htm) stating:
“The FDA also conducted a review of scientific literature published between 1996 and 2010 comparing mesh surgeries to non-mesh surgeries. The agency review suggests that many patients who undergo transvaginal POP repair with mesh are exposed to additional risks, compared to patients who undergo POP repair with stitches alone. While mesh often corrected anatomy, there was no evidence that mesh provided any greater clinical benefit than non-mesh surgeries.”
You can also do a search in Google Scholar, for example, and easily pull up articles like this one:
“Long-term outcomes of vaginal mesh versus native tissue repair for anterior vaginal wall prolapse” (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00192-013-2043-9)
where it concludes: “The use of mesh for anterior prolapse was associated with an increased risk of any repeat surgery, which was driven by surgery for mesh removal. Native tissue and vaginal mesh surgery had similar 5-year risks for surgery for recurrent prolapse.”
And, this is a recent article that pulls from several reputable sources stating:
” There is no evidence that transvaginal repair to support the top of the vagina (apical repair) or the back wall of the vagina (posterior repair) with mesh provides any added benefit compared to traditional surgery without mesh. While transvaginal surgical repair to correct weakened tissue between the bladder and vagina (anterior repair) with mesh augmentation may provide an anatomic benefit compared to traditional POP repair without mesh, this anatomic benefit may not result in better symptomatic results.”…. http://www.wspa.com/story/22640292/noted-surgeon-talks-to-lawyersandsettlementscom-about-alleged-transvaginal-mesh-complications
Then, there’s Linda Gross, who recently won her first battle with Johnson and Johnson, and reportedly had 18 subsequent unsuccessful revision procedures following the initial surgery. She has described her life after surgery as a “living hell” and has characterized she and thousands of other women as “guinea pigs” to the vaginal mesh maker. Unfortunately, she is far from alone, and there are currently over 20,000 law suits filed against several mesh manufacturers.
So, where are the studies that show repairs with mesh last longer and are better than using your own biological tissue? Why are women still being told mesh repairs will last longer by those who are “pro mesh”?? Seriously. I’d like to know. So, if you have a study or article that shows this, please post. Thanks.