Sometimes as we age, our bodies don't function like they once did. Women of any age can experience pelvic organ prolapse (POP) which causes pelvic organs to fall into the vaginal wall(s) causing discomfort, difficulty urinating and other problems. Specifically, women who have gone through a difficult delivery or have delivered a large baby may experience such a problem. Some time ago, various manufacturers developed a product to assist women experiencing this problem – a mesh to hold the pelvic organs in the proper place. The following is a list of such mesh products: Boston Scientific Uphold and Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kits, Gynecare (Ethicon) Prolift Anterior, Perigee and Elevate Prolapse Repair Systems, Posterior, and Total Pelvic Floor Repair Systems, Bard Avaulta Pelvic Floor Repair Systems, American Medical Systems (AMS) Apogee.
Problems with these pelvic organ prolapse repair systems have been discussed in the media by the Wall Street Journal and ABC News.
On July 13, 2011, the FDA issued a strong warning relating to these vaginal meshes, pelvic meshes, and bladder slings. Specifically, the FDA revealed to the public that the complications being experienced by thousands of women are not rare, that there is no evidence that the mesh is better to non-mesh repair, and that the risks with the mesh-type repairs have higher risks. The FDA has reported that many women are experiencing problems following vaginal mesh surgery for their incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. The transvaginal mesh products are causing scar tissue, painful urination, painful sex (dyspareunia), pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, mesh erosion into the vagina, bladder, intestines and uterus, mesh shrinkage or contraction, mesh migration, mesh exposure, infections, and development of urinary retention, neuropathic pain, fistulas and recurrence of prolapsed organs.
A transvaginal mesh and bladder sling attorney will know that the manufacturers did not perform the proper testing prior to placing these products on the market.
FDA Panel Calls for Surgical Mesh Studies, Wall Street Journal, September 7, 2011.