When it comes to health, there is nothing more important. People need to be in good health in order to spend time with their loved ones, work, and enjoy life in general. Those that have surgery have done so to correct a medical problem and expect to have their quality of life restored. For the women that have had transvaginal mesh surgically placed in their bodies, their quality of life has not been the best.
What is Transvaginal Mesh?
Transvaginal mesh is a medical mesh that is inserted vaginally or through an incision to help treat many different medical issues. The most common medical issues it has been used to treat are pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. According to medical dictionaries, pelvic organ prolapse happens when a pelvic organ moves from its normal spot, dropping lower and pushing against the walls of the vagina. Stress urinary incontinence is the loss of urine due to movement such as coughing, sneezing, or anything that puts additional stress on the bladder.
When this mesh is surgically inserted into a woman, it is inserted to support the weakened muscles. With this mesh being inserted to do such an important job, it can have horrible results when it doesn't work as it should. In 2008, there were reports to the FDA of concerns with transvaginal mesh and after surgery complications. Because there was no recall in effect, the manufacturers of this product continued to sell their product, advertising it as the best way to treat pelvic prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. It is a decision that has left devastating results.