Tuesday, August 02, 2011

August 2, 2011 Transvaginal Mesh News: Ethicon Gynecare Study

News on the mesh failures continues. 
The Gyncare Prolift Total, Anterior and Posterior Pelvic Floor Repair Systems were first brought to market in the fall  of 2005 and Gynecare Prolift+M variations were introduced in  2008. The vaginal mesh or bladder sling is designed reinforce weakened or damaged tissue on the pelvic floor that hold organs in place, such as the bladder, the uterus, the rectum the top of the vagina or the bowel.

A conducted by European researchers suggested that most of the reoperations were due to urinary incontinence that occurred after the mesh was implanted, with other problems including transvaginal mesh complications and prolapse recurrence.
Researchers reviewed the outcomes for 524 patients who received the Ethicon Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh between January 2005 and January 2009. At a median follow up of 38 months, 11.6% had to undergo reoperation after receiving the Prolift Mesh for pelvic organ prolapse. About 6.9% of those reoperations were due to urinary incontinence, 3.6% due to mesh-related complications and 3% due to recurring prolapse, which the mesh is designed to treat.