Women are not being Warned of the Potential Dangers of TVT Bladder Operations

A relatively new treatment for urinary incontinence has been found to be a risky option for many women, yet most are not being warned prior to surgery about the negative possibilities.

TVT (transvaginal tape) involves implanting a mesh sling under a woman’s bladder in order to support the urethra that have been damaged during and after childbirth and help women regain bladder control. While this procedure is favoured because it can be performed under local anaesthesia and only takes half an hour, the risks may be overlooked while assessing suitable interventions.

Risks have been found to include the disintegration of the mesh into the surrounding tissues, resulting in painful lacerations. These cuts have been so debilitating to the thousands of women who have undergone this treatment that many have difficulty walking or engaging in sexual intercourse because of the pain. In addition, incontinence may return, occurring as a more severe rate. Unfortunately, it has been found that women are not being warned of the risks associated with TVT, and end up needing additional surgery to remove defective tape.

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