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Stress Urinary Incontinence And The Vaginal Sling


A growing number of women, as they get older usually over 60, develop a condition known as urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is described as the involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder. This condition afflicts over 13 million adults in the US alone.

Of these adults, 85 percent are women. Many other conditions exist that can cause this loss of bladder control. Most often and primarily affecting women is the specific condition called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).

In women, it is also known as female stress incontinence and female SUI. Stress urinary incontinence is brought about during physical exertion such as coughing, laughing, sneezing, or lifting. The stress urinary incontinence becomes worse during high impact sports activities like golf, tennis, and aerobics.

Leakage is more pronounced when standing than at night while in bed. As we age, the muscles that support the urethra and the bladder neck weaken. When the muscles that support the urethra and the bladder neck have weakened sufficiently, the urethra will drop during physical activity and urine will be leaked.

Vaginal Sling And Anchor System

There have been several methods used to treat this condition, one is the vaginal sling and anchor system and it has been used with increasing regularity in the treatment of female stress incontinence. The vaginal sling is inserted into the patient using anchors to the pubic bone.

The vaginal sling and anchor systems began coming under heavy scrutiny two years ago when the FDA issued a warning about these surgical mesh devices. The FDA began receiving complaints from consumers five years ago and has received over a thousand reports of complaints from nine manufacturers associated with the surgical mesh devices.

These mesh devices are used to control female stress incontinence and are placed transvaginally and held in place using the anchor system. There is a rather long list of complications associated with the use of the vaginal sling.

Stress Urinary Incontinence And Surgical Complications

The most frequent complaints involved complications involving erosion through vaginal epithelium, infections, extreme pain, associated urinary problems, and the reoccurrence of the urinary incontinence. There are also reports of perforation of the bowel, perforation of the bladder, and blood vessel perforation during the insertion of the vaginal sling and the associated anchor systems.

A significant decrease in quality of life due to pain and discomfort was experienced by the patients because of the vaginal scarring and mesh erosion. Treatment for complications included revision surgery, IV therapy, Blood transfusions, and drainage of the resultant hematomas.

Individuals suffering from stress urinary incontinence should make sure your physician has been trained in stress incontinence surgery and the vaginal sling. If you or a loved one has had the vaginal sling and accompanying anchor systems surgery and you have developed any of the complications mentioned above, please contact a personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen, we can help you.

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