Transvaginal meshes are implantable medical devices used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. These meshes are synthetic polypropylene devices. They are used to support organs in the pelvic region of women, and have been found to cause painful and dangerous side effects.
Transvaginal Mesh Complications:
• Bladder perforation
• Pain during sexual intercourse
• Urinary Problems
• Vaginal scarring
• Recurrence of prolapse, incontinence, or both
• Mesh erosion, exposure, and/or protrusion
A study regarding transvaginal meshes published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed troubling results with these procedures. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned, “The most frequent complications included erosion through vaginal epithelium, infection, pain, urinary problems, and recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence. There were also reports of bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion.”
FDA Warns About Transvaginal Mesh
The FDA issued its first major safety warning related to vaginal meshes in 2008 because of possible injuries women were suffering, including erosion, pain, infection and urinary problems. The FDA then updated the alert in July 2011 to warn that use of these meshes transvaginally for prolapse offers “no evidence of greater clinical benefit” than if no mesh had been used at all. The warnings were in response to thousands of reported serious complications arising from placement and the use of the devices.
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