Let’s consider the words -- transvaginal mesh. According to Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 8th edition, 2009 - transvaginal [trans-vaj´€ĭ-nal] means through the vagina.
According to the Food & Drug Administration, surgical mesh is a medical device that is generally used to repair weakened or damaged tissue. It is made from porous absorbable or non-absorbable synthetic material or absorbable biologic material.
There you have it – surgical mesh implanted through the vagina.
Surgical mesh can be used for urogynecologic procedures, including repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It is permanently implanted to reinforce the weakened vaginal wall for POP repair or support the urethra or bladder neck for the repair of SUI.
According to a news release on July 13, 2011 an FDA official stated, ”There are clear risks associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh to treat POP,” said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director and chief scientist of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “The FDA is asking surgeons to carefully consider all other treatment options and to make sure that their patients are fully informed of potential complications from surgical mesh. Mesh is a permanent implant—complete removal may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications.”
When this kind of warning comes from the top, don’t you think it’s time for healthcare professionals to listen?
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