If you are curious about or struggling with vaginal prolapse, this is an important article: F.D.A Halts U.S. Sales of Pelvic Mesh, Citing Safety Concerns for Women.
A couple of things I think are important: the mesh discussed in the article is only one of many different kinds of pelvic and abdominal mesh available to surgeons; not everyone who has had this or other kinds of mesh implanted experience the problems reported, however, too many do.
In the comments section there are quite a few high-quality comments from health care providers of many different stripes. And, of course, the overriding question: if not mesh, then what? I’ve had many clients over the years with many different forms of mesh and clients who have had the non-mesh surgery for prolapse. However, it sounds as if very few surgeons are actually trained in the non-mesh procedure. I didn’t realize how few.
For me, this is an article that highlights different aspects not just of mesh vs. non-mesh but also the disparities in health and medical care, and the void that too often exists when faced with pelvic and abdominal pain and dysfunction.
I’d love to know what you think.
- Isabel Spradlin is a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and abdominal adhesion specialist in Portland, OR. She specializes in educating people about manual treatment (massage) for abdominal pain and dysfunction, especially when it is adhesion related. Please see the "Programs" page to see her offerings.