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by arthur on March 19, 2012

Vaginal mesh is a medical device made from biological, synthetic (absorbable and non-absorbable), and composite mVaginal Mesh 300×250 2 What is Vaginal Mesh?aterials. Also called a vaginal hammock, vaginal sling or bladder sling, it is placed in the vagina to strengthen the walls and keep pelvic and reproductive organs in their proper positions. Vaginal meshes have been used by physicians since the 1950’s. They were originally designed to treat abdominal hernias and have been modified to also treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Vaginal mesh surgery became a popular procedure in the 1990’s.

Women may get POP or SUI after childbirth, through hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), or because of aging and menopause. According to the American Urogynecologic Society Foundation (AUGS), about 50 percent of women between 50 to 79 years old suffer from POP, while some 15 million experience SUI. POP starts when the pelvic muscles are stretched and weakened.  Without support from the pelvic muscles, a woman’s reproductive or pelvic organs such as the bladder, urethra, uterus, rectum, or even intestine; have the tendency to move downward and bulge into the vagina. Sometimes, more than one organ moves down from its position.

SUI may also be caused by drinking too many fluids, especially those high in caffeine and/or alcohol content. SUI can also be acquired through the intake of various types of medication, or even due to constipation, pregnancy, or UTI. Changes in lifestyle like diet modification and doing Kegel exercises can treat SUI. However, in cases where it is already affecting one’s daily routine and activities, undergoing a surgical procedure may be necessary.

To treat POP and severe cases of SUI, the vaginal mesh is implanted through the vagina to reinforce the pelvic muscles, anchor the vagina walls, and support the organs. During the surgery, incisions are made in the vagina. The tissues supporting the vagina are then strengthened with stitches. The mesh is then placed under the skin of the vagina. The surgeon may use a generic vaginal mesh, or a pre-cut version that matches the defects that need to be corrected. Either way, the holes of the mesh will allow tissues to grow naturally onto its surface.

Vaginal mesh was introduced to eliminate the need to perform hysterectomy to treat POP. Results of undergoing surgery to get a vaginal mesh were successful for most patients. However, there are also cases when complications occur, including infections, bleeding, pelvic pain, and mesh erosion.

After receiving hundreds of reports from patients who experience complications after their surgery, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the risks associated with the use of vaginal mesh. Some vaginal mesh recipients have filed lawsuits against several vaginal mesh manufacturers. In addition, the FDA found that vaginal meshes placed through the vagina instead of through an incision in the abdomen result in more problems to patients after surgery. The FDA has advised the public to be aware of the risks of said procedure. Women are also encouraged to ask their doctors or surgeons for alternative treatments to POP and SUI