Transvaginal mesh is a net-like product implanted into females in an effort to help treat weakened pelvic muscles, a common complication following childbirth, menopause and surgeries such as hysterectomies. The mesh treats two types of conditions — pelvic organ prolapse, known as POP, and stress urinary incontinence, known as SUI.
Although some women never experience adverse side effects to these surgeries, research shows that a wide range of complications have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Research shows that some women suffer from the perforation of pelvic organs during the surgery, meaning the device, or the tools used to implant the device, pokes through organs such as the bowel, bladder and blood vessels while being placed in the body. Other side effects include infection, pain, reoccurrence of pre-surgical conditions, such as urine leaks and organ prolapse, as well as the narrowing of the vaginal wall. Additionally, vaginal scarring and mesh erosion can occur, leading to regular pain or discomfort while sitting, walking or even during sexual intercourse. Nerve damage, emotional problems and neuromuscular issues have also been reported to the FDA.
Because surgical mesh is meant to remain in the body indefinitely, removal of the transvaginal mesh is typically performed in stages, removing smaller pieces of the mesh from the body during a series of surgeries. Aside from the risk of multiple surgeries, women experiencing adverse effects from transvaginal mesh may need their hematomas or abscesses drained, and they may have to go through IV therapy or blood transfusions.
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