The FDA has recently issued an updated transvaginal mesh warning on the use of the mesh to help repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP). POP occurs when the pelvic organs fall out of place as the result of the stretching or weakening of the tissues holding the organs in place. Transvaginal mesh – also known as vaginal mesh, bladder mesh or a pelvic sling – has been used to surgical correct this condition. However, research has concluded that serious side effects and complications may result due to its use.
These side effects and risks include:
• Bladder perforation
• Pelvic hemorrhage
• Mesh erosion
• Pain during intercourse
Although some of these effects may be reverse through additional surgeries, others may be life-long, debilitating consequences. According to the FDA – most cases of POP can be treated successfully without the use of transvaginal mesh. The implanting of this dangerous medical device unnecessarily exposes patients to the risk of harm.