Transvaginal Mesh

What is Transvaginal Mesh?

Made from synthetic or biological material, a surgical mesh is a device that is used for repairing damaged or weakened tissue. It is often used as a treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).



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POP is a name given to the condition that develops when the tissues that hold the pelvic organs in place become stretched or weak. As a result, the organ/organs prolapse or bulge into the vagina or the vaginal opening. Organs that are usually affected include rectum, uterus, bladder, vaginal and the bowel. SUI, on the other hand is a medical condition that is primarily characterized by the leakage of urine during day-to-day physical activities such as sneezing, coughing, laughing, or working out.

Since the mesh is placed ‘through the vagina’, it is referred to as Transvaginal Mesh.

Serious Complications Associated with the Transvaginal Mesh

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an updated public health notification in 2011 that was based on an analysis of the adverse-events reports and a review of the scientific literature. The update clearly stated that the dangerous health effects that have been linked with the placement of surgical mesh are common.

Where just over 1000 adverse cases associated with surgical mesh devices were reported to FDA during 2005 to 2008, they rose by 2,874 during 2008 to 2010. Of the total cases, 1,503 reports were by POP patients and 1,371 cases were related to SUI repairs.

The patients of TVM implant procedures have reported some very serious health effects to FDA.

The most commonly reported problems included:

• Mesh erosion through the vagina (referred to as exposure, extrusion or protrusion) - It is the most widely reported problem, can prove to be very painful for some women and may require multiple surgeries. In severe cases, even multiple surgeries may not be effective
• Pain
• Infection
• Bleeding
• Painful intercourse
• Organ perforation
• Urinary problems
• Recurrent prolapse
• Neuro-muscular problems
• Vaginal shrinkage
• Emotional problems

Most of these complications require medical or surgical treatment and hospitalization. The failure of the product can cause a great deal of emotional, physical, and financial harm. According to Zuckerman, the director of National Research Center for Women & Families, "If the manufacturers had been required to go through the more rigorous approval process, similar to that for prescription drugs, it would have been obvious years ago that surgical mesh has more risks than benefits in many types of surgery."

Transvaginal Mesh and Legal Action

In 2012, Johnson & Johnson, the world’s biggest manufacturer of medical products, discontinued the sale of some lines of vaginal mesh implants after a large number of lawsuits were filed over the devices.

In addition to the pain and suffering, the treatment of complications linked with mesh failure can prove to be quite expensive. Therefore, if you or somebody you know develops a complication, you should find out about the legal rights and explore the options. It is also recommended that you contact a law firm that particularly deals with transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Based on your case, the attorney will help you in filing a lawsuit and make a claim for financial compensation for the expenses already incurred in the treatment as well as those anticipated in future.

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Q:What is transvaginal mesh?

A:Transvaginal mesh is a term used to describe a surgical mesh used for repairing pelvic organ prolapse. Many women suffering from stress urinary continence and prolapse undergo this procedure to repair weakened or damaged tissue. This device has is made from synthetic material or biological material, and has become popular in recent years.

Q:What is a tvm used for?

A:Transvaginal mesh (TVM) is a synthetic material used to repair weakened or damaged pelvic tissues. Women suffering from medical conditions such as stress urinary continence and pelvic organ prolapse undergo a surgical procedure to reinforce the muscles of weakened vaginal walls. This procedure involves placing a mesh to support the urethra or bladder neck.

Q:For which medical condition is a transvaginal mesh device used for?

A:Transvaginal mesh is used to treat women suffering from medical conditions such as stress urinary continence and pelvic organ prolapse. This is a synthetic material that is used to reinforce weakened vaginal walls. The mesh supports the urethra or bladder neck and prevents prolapse. To learn more, browse through our page.

Q:What legal action can you take if a patient is going through transvaginal surgical mesh complications?

A:If you or your loved one is suffering from any adverse side effects of transvaginal surgical mesh, you can contact a transvaginal mesh lawyer. The lawyer will assess your case and will guide you about filing a lawsuit and gaining compensation for the suffering caused by surgical mesh. Be sure to contact someone who has prior experience in the field.

Q:Can you tell me what is transvaginal mesh used for and what is it made up of?

A:Transvaginal mesh is made from synthetic or biological material and used for certain health issues. Surgical mesh is a device which is used for the purpose of repairing damaged or weakened tissue in patients. It is used to treat problems such as Pelvic Organ Prolapsed (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).

Q:While looking for "what is a transvaginal surgical mesh", I came across its side effects. Can you tell me what those are?

A:There are a number of side effects or complications associated with transvaginal surgical mesh. Some major side effects include pain, infection, bleeding, painful intercourse, organ perforation, urinary problems, recurrent prolapse, neuro-muscular problems, vaginal shrinkage, and emotional problems. Before going through such a procedure, you may consult your doctor about the side effects.

Q:What is a bladder sling?

A:Bladder or urethral sling surgeries are done to treat urinary incontinence. This involves placing a sling around the urethra to life it back to its original position and aid urine retention. Sling is attached to the abdominal wall. The sling material can be muscle, ligament or tendon tissue. It can also be a synthetic material such as plastic that is compatible with body tissues.

Q:What is a pelvic mesh?

A:Pelvic or trans-vaginal mesh is made from a synthetic or biological material. It is a device which is used for the purpose of treating damaged or weak tissues. Pelvic mesh is a treatment commonly used in Pelvic Oran Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). However, serious health effects have been linked with the procedure.