Used for: Surgical repairs for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and/or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) surgery. Used in place of stitches surgical mesh is designed to be a permanent implant and has been commonly used in transvaginal POP and SUI surgeries for many years. In POP procedures the mesh is commonly called a “bladder sling.”
Symptoms or Consequences: In July 2011, the FDA announced that a multi-year study of surgical mesh implants found serious complications associated with surgical mesh for POP and SUI procedures. The FDA report also noted, “[f]urthermore it is not clear that transvaginal POP repair with mesh is more effective than traditional non-mesh repair in all patients with POP and it may expose patients to greater risk.” Erosion of the mesh through the vagina is the most common and consistently reported complication. Mesh contraction is also a risk. Both mesh erosion and mesh contraction can cause severe pelvic pain, painful sexual intercourse. Other symptoms may include: Bladder, bowel, or blood vessel bleeding or perforation, bone and hip infections and/or the recurrence of the POP and/or SUI condition.
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