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What VAGINAL MESH Is Used For?

The transvaginal mesh has been used to treat women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Unfortunately, many women treated with vaginal mesh have experienced serious side effects that may not have been described before implantation of the mesh.

Transvaginal mesh, or surgical mesh, is a device made from synthetic or biological material used to strengthen the vaginal wall. It is used to create a sling to support the urethra and treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or strengthen the vaginal wall to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POC). POP is when the tissues that keep the pelvic organs in place are weakened or stretched. In POPs, the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, rectum or upper vagina, enter the vagina. Sometimes prolapse or protrusion may extend beyond the vagina. UIE is the urinary leakage during physical activity. The physical activity responsible for stress urinary incontinence can be as simple as coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising.


Transvaginal Mesh is a permanent treatment for POP and SUI, and it may not be possible to fully remove the mesh once it has been surgically implanted through a transvaginal surgery. However, there are alternatives to using Vaginal Mesh to treat POP. Surgery to repair POP can be preformed through the vagina using stitches. Additionally, the FDA recommends that health care providers recognize that in most cases, POP can be successfully treated without Vaginal Mesh. The FDA is still evaluating the effectiveness of Vaginal Mesh to treat SUI.


There are several complications and side effects associated with the vaginal mesh. However, the most common complications reported by the FDA include:

  • Erosion of the mesh through the vagina
  • Pelvic pain
  • Serious infection
  • Bleeding
  • Pain during sex
  • Perforation of the organ
  • Urinary problems

Erosion of the vaginal mesh can be debilitating and requires several follow-up corrective surgical procedures to repair the damage. In some cases, corrective surgeries will not damage damaged areas. In addition, victims may have recurrent prolapse, neuromuscular problems, vaginal scars / narrowing, and develop debilitating emotional problems. Not only are these complications painful, but they also require additional surgery and hospitalization.

Latest VAGINAL MESH News & Recalls

The review of the FDA’s 1996 to 2011 scientific literature on vaginal mesh showed that transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (“POP”) with a mesh did not improve symptomatic outcomes or quality of life. traditional without mesh. In addition, the vaginal mesh used in transvaginal POP repair creates risks that do not exist with traditional non-mesh repair. Mesh placed abdominally for POP repair appears to reduce mesh complication rates compared to transvaginal surgery with POP. Although the vaginal mesh can provide an anatomical advantage that does not provide traditional surgery without mesh, the vaginal mesh may not give better symptomatic results.

The FDA has also warned of an unidentified risk with vaginal mesh, known as mesh narrowing. Contraction of the mesh, or “contraction”, is associated with a shortening of the vagina, stretching and pain.

The complications associated with vaginal mesh have not been linked to a single mesh mark. All Mesh products can cause severe pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, or sexual disability. In addition, men exposed to erosion of the vaginal mesh can be injured by contact.

Lawsuits & Settlements

On July 13, 2011, the FDA issued a warning to health care providers and patients alerting them of the risks associated with Vaginal Mesh. These FDA warnings stated a transvaginal surgery that uses a Vaginal Mesh can result in serious and painful complications. The warnings also concluded there is no known added benefit to Vaginal Mesh over traditional Pelvic Organ Prolapse (“POP”) repair surgery.

Vaginal Mesh victims have filed many successful lawsuits against Mesh manufactures based on the serious injuries and complications associated with the implant. These victims have often had the mesh implanted to treat POP or stress urinary incontinence (“SUI”). Manufacturer C.R. Bard Inc. manufactures different types of mesh implants and is currently the target of lawsuits based on its defective Avaulta mesh products. Victims argue that Vaulta negligently designed its various mesh products, and failed to provide adequate warnings labels to the public.


Do you want to learn if you have a case? The lawsuits are being filed on behalf of those patients who suffered from:

  • Erosion of the mesh through the vagina
  • Pelvic pain
  • Serious infection
  • Bleeding
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Organ perforation
  • Urinary problems

Lawyers expect that thousands of patients will ultimately come forward with injuries to file claims. As is often the case with drug injury lawsuits, cases may eventually be consolidated in a central federal court for expedited handling.

A lawyer can speak with you today to determine if your case qualifies, and it costs nothing to investigate or file your claim unless you receive compensation.

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