Transvaginal mesh, sometimes called a bladder sling, is a form of surgical
mesh used during pelvic procedures performed through the vagina. It is
designed to repair weakened vaginal tissue by stitching the vaginal wall
muscles together. Transvaginal mesh has primarily been utilized to treat
conditions called pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the tissue that holds the pelvic organs
in place become weak or stretched and can no longer support the organs.
Stress urinary incontinence is an involuntary leakage of urine and is
also caused by weak pelvic floor muscles.
FDA Issued Updated Safety Warnings on Transvaginal Mesh
Thousands of women in the US have undergone transvaginal mesh surgery to
treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. However,
between 2005 and 2010, there were approximately 4,000 reports of problems
associated with the use of the surgical mesh.
The Food and Drug Administration first issued a safety warning about the
mesh in 2008. Following a continued surge of reported complaints, the
FDA issued an updated safety communication in 2011 warning doctors, healthcare
professionals, and patients that the placement of surgical mesh through
the vagina (transvaginal mesh) to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress
urinary incontinence may present a greater risk for the patient than other
There are several manufacturers of transvaginal mesh:
- American Medical Systems
- Boston Scientific
- Johnson & Johnson
What Are Possible Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects?
Transvaginal mesh implants have been linked to serious complications. According
to the Food and Drug Administration, reported complications from using
the mesh include:
- Mesh erosion through the vagina
- Painful intercourse
- Organ perforation
- Urinary problems
The FDA also fielded reports of recurrent prolapse, neuro-muscular problems,
vaginal scarring and emotional problems. Many women who experience problems
need additional intervention, including corrective surgeries and hospitalization.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by transvaginal mesh,
contact Metzger Wickersham law firm for a free and confidential consultation.