About Transvaginal Mesh

Thoughtful WomanWhat is a Surgical Mesh?

Surgical meshes were developed in the 1950s and are a medical grade woven fabric or animal or human tissue that are used to support an organ after surgical repair, such as a hernia repair.

What is a Transvaginal Mesh?

Since the 1990’s surgical meshes made of polyester or polypropylene have been used to treat women’s gynecological issues. These gynecological meshes are commonly called transvaginal mesh (TVM). Transvaginal mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP), stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and other gynecological conditions. POP and SUI are common problems for women associated with previous childbirth and increasing age. Sometimes the pelvic muscle and tissues weaken and transvaginal mesh is used to support the pelvic organs after surgery. The pelvic organs include the vagina, rectum, bowel, uterus, urethra and bladder. In pelvic organ prolapse, one or more pelvic organ such as the bladder or uterus slips into or even through the vagina. With stress urinary incontinence, every laugh or cough can cause embarrassing leakage of urine.

How Commonly is Transvaginal Mesh Used in Surgery?

There are about 75,000 surgeries a year that use a transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse and about 200,000 surgeries which treat stress urinary incontinence.

Is Transvaginal Mesh Safe?

Unfortunately, complications from the surgical use of transvaginal mesh have led to thousands of women suffering disabilities and well over 1,000 lawsuits have been filed against the manufactures of these medical devices.