Transvaginal mesh (TVM) implants are medical devices that have been used to help women suffering from medical conditions such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI) & pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The mesh is surgically implanted and used to strengthen the natural body tissue. It can be made of either synthetic or natural material. This treatment can help patients with the symptoms caused by POP and SUI.
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a fairly common condition and happens when the muscles that hold the pelvic organs in place become stretched. This causes the pelvic organs such as the bladder, bowel or uterus to bulge down into the vagina area.
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) causes urine to leak out of the bladder at unexpected times such as when exercising or laughing.
Unfortunately the transvaginal mesh surgery has been associated with medical complications such as incontinence or erosion around the mesh causing it to move and interfere with bodily parts such as the bladder and vagina. This has caused pain and bleeding in some patients. During 2008 the FDA put forth a public warning stating the facts on these complications.
There are also class action lawsuits associated with transvaginal TMV complications.