Vaginal surgical mesh has been used in thousands of patients' vaginal surgery to repair POP (pelvic organ prolapse) and SUI (stress urinary incontinence). It's a type of surgical mesh for transvaginal repair. Its use is often as a last-resort treatment for POP or SUI, since there are far less invasive treatments that can be attempted first.
The vaginal surgical mesh is similar to a net or screen material. Its purpose is to reinforce or support tissues inside the body that have weakened due to childbirth, menopause, aging or other conditions. In a vaginal surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, for example, incisions are made inside the vagina (at the front or the back walls of the vagina or both) and the tissue supporting the vagina is strengthened with stitches. The surgical mesh for transvaginal repair is then placed underneath the vaginal skin, and the body's tissues grow into the surgical mesh over the course of a month or so.
Types of Vaginal Mesh
There are several types of vaginal or surgical mesh. The mesh may be completely synthetic, or it may be made from biological material such as the patient's own body tissue, tissue from a cadaver, or tissue from an animal. There are many surgical mesh manufacturers (e.g., American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard, and Johnson & Johnson) and brand names of vaginal mesh and other types of surgical mesh, such as:
- Advantage Sling System
- Avaulta Plus BioSynthetic Support
- Avaulta Solo Synthetic Support
- Ethicon TVT
- Faslata Allograft
- Gynecare Prolift
- Gynecare Prosima
- Gynecare TVT
- Gynemesh PS
- Obtryx Curved Single
- Obtryx Mesh Sling
- Pelvicol Tissue
- PelviSoft Biomesh
- Pelvitex Polypropylene Mesh
- Prefyx Mid U Mesh Sling System
- Prefyx PPS System
Complications of Surgical Mesh Use
There are many very serious possible complications associated with surgical mesh, including mesh erosion, pain and bleeding, the development of stress urinary incontinence and more. Women who are suffering from vaginal mesh complications should contact a knowledgeable transvaginal mesh attorney for more information. Contact us to schedule a free review of your case.