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General Information

Transvaginal mesh is a form of surgical netting commonly used to support internal organs and strengthen weakened tissue after childbirth. During this procedure, mesh is inserted through the vagina (transvaginally) to reach the affected areas. Unfortunately, in recent years a number of problems with transvaginal mesh have emerged.  As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued public health warnings, and thousands of injured women have filed lawsuits.


Common Uses for Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal mesh is most often used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Women often suffer these conditions following childbirth.

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor becomes too weak to support internal organs. This can cause organs such as the bladder, vagina, cervix, uterus, urethra and rectum to drop out of position (prolapse). Transvaginal mesh is used to reinforce the vaginal wall, thereby strengthening the pelvic floor and reversing the effects of POP.

Stress urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control. SUI often results from nerve damage, tissue damage, and a weakened pelvic wall. These stresses can place pressure on the bladder and damage the muscles controlling it, particularly the urethra. This can lead to involuntary releases of urine. To correct SUI, transvaginal mesh is used as part of a surgically implanted sling system that supports the urethra. This support system increases bladder control, thereby reducing the occurrence of SUI.

Potential Transvaginal Mesh Complications

Transvaginal mesh has led to significant complications in many women. The FDA’s public health notifications note that thousands of women have reported complications after receiving surgical treatment for POP and SUI. Many have filed product liability lawsuits seeking compensation from the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh.

The most common complication reported is the erosion of transvaginal mesh through the vaginal wall. This can lead to a number of health complications, including:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Urinary problems
  • Vaginal scarring and shrinkage
  • Organ perforation
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Recurrence of POP and SUI

In order to remove transvaginal mesh, women often must undergo multiple surgeries. Significant physical and emotional damage can result. These complications have led many manufacturers to pull their transvaginal mesh products from the mark