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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Public Citizen: Time to Recall the Surgical Mesh
Mesh products made of non-absorbable synthetic material can erode and cause pain, bleeding and urinary incontinence, Public Citizen, based in Washington, said in a statement today. The mesh is implanted through incisions made in the wall of the vagina to reinforce the tissues around the pelvic organs.
Public Citizen says that 67,500 women had the non-absorbable mesh implanted last year. The FDA has 1,503 reports of complications associated with the material from January 2008 to December 2010 when used to repair pelvic organ prolapse, the agency said in a safety warning July 13.