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Transvaginal mesh problems lead to questions about device approval

The number of adverse reactions associated with surgical mesh used to repair pelvic floor disorders and other conditions, has skyrocketed in recent years, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This new data brings into question how the FDA determined the mesh was safe for transvaginal use in the first place. Surgical mesh is used for a variety of procedures, but the device has been shown to cause problems when used trans-vaginally to repair pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which age, childbirth or obesity cause pelvic muscles and tissues such as the bladder, the top of the vagina, ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh failures become quality of life issues

More tragic stories are surfacing since 2008, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first warned doctors and consumers about serious problems associated with a surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse. Since then thousands of women from the United States and the United Kingdom, have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers. The surgical mesh, sometimes called transvaginal mesh, is implanted through the vagina to help support pelvic organs which have dropped due to age, obesity, or childbirth. The condition can cause pain and incontinence. The remedy, however, has put many women in worse shape ... Read More

Women file lawsuits against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh

Lisa Smith of Melbourne, Fla., says the mesh device implanted in her vagina to help with a common condition known as pelvic organ prolapse felt like barbed wire. Even now that it has been removed, the pain lingers. Smith is one of about 300 women in 34 states who have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices. The surgical mesh is designed to repair pelvic floor disorders, conditions that affect an estimated 30 to 50 percent of women older than 50. In pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic muscles and tissues such as the bladder, the top of the ... Read More

Safety of vaginal mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse under review

Surgical placement of mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) poses more risks than benefits to women, according to an updated safety communication issued this week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency says it will convene an expert panel in the fall to determine whether the vaginal mesh should be banned from the market. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the internal structures that support the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus and bowel, become so weak or stretched that the organs drop from their normal position and bulge or prolapse into the vagina. While not ... Read More