In 2004, the FDA cleared the use of synthetic vaginal mesh delivery systems. The high failure rates from traditional vaginal colporrhaphy and apical suspension procedures using native tissue is what gave way for the development of the new mesh method. Familiarity for surgeons with the transobturator region increased as a result of the deployment of transobturator slings. This increased familiarity gave way to the development of vaginal synthetic mesh transobturator delivery systems for pelvic organ prolapse repair.
Some complications of vaginal mesh are asymptomatic and may involve minimal intervention for correction. Other more rare, but life-threatening complications include severe vascular injury, severe pelvic pain, or visceral injury resulting in abscess formation.
Author Cheryl B. Iglesia, from the Section of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology, Georgetown University School of Medicine/Washington Hospital Center, Washington, District of Columbia, wrote a report titled “Synthetic Vaginal Mesh for Pelvic Organ Prolapse”. The purpose of the review was to summarize comparative trials on synthetic vaginal mesh, compared to traditional native tissue repairs for pelvic organ prolapse. Cheryl B. Iglesia states “Although studies suggest benefit from the use of synthetic vaginal mesh for anterior compartment prolapse, data are limited on the use of mesh for posterior and apical prolapse when compared with native tissue repair.
The benefits of a more durable repair must be weighed against risks such as the development of de-novo stress incontinence, visceral injury, dyspareunia, pelvic pain and mesh contraction, exposure and extrusion requiring reoperation. Furthermore, the success rates of native tissue repairs are higher than previously considered using updated validated composite outcomes that incorporate both subjective relief of bulge and objective cure defined as prolapse above the hymenal ring.”
Since so many scientific articles have been published like this one that show the danger and inefficacy of TVM, and many manufacturers of TVM do not make these risks clear to patients, a number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed around the world.
If you or a loved one used transvaginal mesh and experienced vaginal mesh infection, vaginal mesh erosion, or another vaginal mesh complication such as vaginal mesh pelvic organ prolapse recurrence, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
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