Written by attorney Stephen Duane Phillips

Overview of Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) and Its Risks

Transvaginal mesh (TVM) was developed to prevent organs located near a woman's pelvis from descending into the vaginal area when pelvic walls are greatly weakened. TVM implants became widely used as a treatment option for women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition which most commonly affects women who delivered large babies, experienced difficult labors, are obese or suffer from chronic conditions that place excessive, ongoing pressure on the abdomen and pelvis.

TVM implants are one of many ways of alleviating POP but rose to popularity because product manufacturers and medical professionals believed the mesh had a higher cure rate than other treatment options. This theory was disproved as more and more women began to suffer from mesh erosion, surgical complications and other negative side effects following the implantation of vaginal mesh. In fact, a controlled trial regarding the benefits of TVM was prematurely halted in 2009 due to the high mesh erosion rate (15.6 percent) over a period of just three months after surgery.

Other negative side effects of TVM implants include:

  • Exposed or protruding mesh
  • Severe pain
  • Infection
  • Organ perforation
  • Bleeding

  • Mesh contraction

  • Vaginal scarring and/or shrinkage

  • Pain during sexual intercourse

  • Urinary problems

  • Neuro-muscular problems

Since the negative effects of these implants became known, a pelvic mesh implant lawsuits have been drastically on the rise.

Serious complications from TVM repairs are "not rare"

Despite its potential benefits, the risks associated with the use of this mesh far outweigh the potential benefits and may actually worsen a woman's quality of life. The Federal Drug Administration initially issued a warning in 2008 that the use of transvaginal mesh in surgeries could result in serious complications, but on July 13th they released a new report stating "serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare" and that the use of transvaginal mesh to correct POP is an area of "continuing serious concern". * The FDA also issued a press release that same day stating that healthcare providers should:

  • "Recognize that in most cases, POP can be treated successfully without mesh"
  • "Know that surgical mesh is a permanent implant that can make any future surgical repairs more challenging and can put the patient at risk for additional complications and surgeries"
  • "Consider that mesh placed abdominally for POP repair may result in lower rates of mesh complications compared to transvaginal POP surgery with mesh"
  • "Be sure that patients are aware of the risks and benefits of transvaginal POP repair with mesh, and inform patients if mesh is being used"

Read the FDA's full press release here>>

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