Women Patients Urge Surgeons Not To Use Mesh Material

Michele Fiore
October 11, 2018 - 4:47 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Women who say they were injured by the implantation of polypropylene pelvic mesh rallied outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel Thursday.

They picked that site because nearly 2,000 urogynecologists were attending their annual conference there.

The women say they have suffered life-altering complications from the procedure, which is done to alleviate any urinary incontinence or provide help for a fallen bladder.

Ongoing issues they say include reoccurring urinary infections, autoimmune diseases, inflammation, and possible bladder cancer.

One of the physicians at the conference, Dr. Margaret Mueller of Northwestern, says a "sling procedure for stress incontinence" is a common procedure. She said mesh is a durable material.

The American Urogynecologic Society met with the group of protesters and listened to their concerns.