Wednesday, 6 June 2012 12:53

Transvaginal Mesh

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Transvaginal mesh is used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).

POP occurs when a pelvic organ drops from its normal position and pushes against the wall of the vagina. POP often occurs after childbirth or surgery when the muscles that hold the pelvic organs become weak or stretched. Thirty to fifty percent of women may experience POP. Two percent of women develop symptoms.

Between 2005 and 2010 almost 4000 cases involving complication were reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Transvaginal mesh is manufactured by several different companies, including, but not limited to: Bard, Gynecare, American Medical Systems (AMS), Boston Scientific, Tyco, Covidian, Mentor, Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon. Complications associated with transvaginal mesh are not linked to a single brand. Complications include:

  • Erosion of the mesh through the vagina
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary problems
  • Recurrence of prolapse
  • Incontinence
  • Injury to surrounding organs

The most common complications occur within 10% of women within one year of surgery.

If you or someone you know has suffered as a result of transvaginal mesh, contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or send us an e-mail at