Transvaginal mesh, which is also commonly known as “pelvic mesh” or a “bladder sling,” is a piece of mesh that is surgically placed in the vagina in order to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Both of these conditions are caused by a weakening of the pelvic muscles. Surgical implantation of transvaginal mesh was meant to strengthen pelvic muscles and provide relief from these conditions.
However, severe complications arose in patients who received transvaginal mesh implantation. These complications could include, but are not limited to:
- Erosion of mesh through the vaginal tissue
- Perforation of nearby organs
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse and/or stress urinary incontinence
- Chronic vaginal drainage
- Severe pain in pelvic region
- Recto-vaginal fistula
- Vaginal scarring
- Blood in stool or urine
- Vaginal shrinking
- Nerve damage
The FDA issued a warning in 2011 stating that complications resulting from transvaginal mesh are not rare, and that it is not clear that transvaginal mesh is more effective for treating POP than other, non-mesh methods.
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