What is Transvaginal Mesh?
Vaginal Mesh is a term describing the surgical mesh and the mesh products (sling devices and tape) used for the treatment of POP (Pelvic Organ Prolapse) and female Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a woman’s uterus, bladder or rectum slip out of place.
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.
Surgical mesh is a type of netting used to provide external support to traumatized organs. Transvaginal mesh is implanted through the vagina and is used like a sling to provide support for the pelvic or lower abdominal organs. This treatment can also be used to reinforce the vaginal wall. 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.
The mesh surgery used for treating abdominal hernias has been used since the 1970s to treat these conditions, and the specific configurations on the market today began being developed in the 1990s. There are a number of different manufacturers who have marketed these products including C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, and others.