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November 28 2013


Transvaginal Mesh: Benefits and Disadvantages

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when the female female pelvic organs fall from the normal position into or through the vagina. The following are some of the common symptoms of POP: 

- sensation of bulge
- difficulty with bladder or bladder function
- pain
- painful intercouse

The symptoms associated with POP can be improve through surgery. One of the surgical treatment options that are preferred by a majority of women is the mesh insertion procedure. 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. 

The weakened vaginal wall can be repaired by surgical stretching the TVM across the vaginal wall to help support and structure to over-stretched or damaged walls. If the tissue are damaged, it can result to further medical conditions as it causes causes various forms of bladder incontinence and result in lower abdominal organs to fall into the abdominal cavity. Mesh implantation can greatly help preventing some medical issues and allows women with POP to lead a normal life. 

The product manufacturers and medical personnel help TVM to be popular among women because they believed it can effectively alleviate POP and that it has higher cure rate compared to other treatment options. Nevertheless, there many negative reports received by the FDA, concerning vaginal meshes which resulted into complication, a few cases of serious complications that lead to further medical conditions. The most frequently reported adverse events have included mesh exposure, pain, sexual problems, mesh erosion and occasionally injury to nearby organs such as the bladder or bowel.  Check out this site to learn about the other complications and the actions taken by the injured women in order to be compensated for their pain and suffering.


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