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Surgical mesh used to treat urinary incontinence can cause rare but serious complications

Section Editor(s): Kennedy, Maureen Shawn MA, RN

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AJN The American Journal of Nursing: February 2009 - Volume 109 - Issue 2 - p 22
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000345419.02295.49
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According to an October 20, 2008, public health notification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The mesh, placed through a vaginal incision, is used to treat stress urinary incontinence or repair pelvic organ prolapse. Complications include pain, infection, urinary problems, erosion of the vaginal lining, and recurrence of the original complaint. The FDA suggests that health care providers make sure patients know the mesh is intended to be permanent, warn about possible complications, and provide information from the manufacturer. No one brand of mesh was especially linked to complications.

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