Transvaginal Mesh Facts:

  • The word transvaginal means passing through or performed by way of the vagina.
  • The word mesh means a flexible netting of fine wire used in surgery especially in the repair of large hernias and other body defects.
  • Many manufacturers have marketed mesh products including C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, and others.
  • Mesh surgery is sometimes referred to as a bladder sling or pelvic sling.
  • Approximately 10 percent of women who receive transvaginal mesh implants experience mesh erosion within 12 months of surgery. 
  • More than half of reported complications require further surgery to remove the TVM implant.
  • In 2010, manufacturers estimate more than 75,000 women had TVM surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse.

In a letter dated August 19, 2011, Dr. Daniel Elliott, Assistant Professor of Urology at the Mayo Clinic, states: "I have come to the conclusion that using mesh for transvaginal repair carries far more risk without any added benefit when compared with the standard surgical approaches without using mesh. I do not hold this view lightly. To quote Dr. William Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic, 'The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered'".

Unfortunately, few patients are ever really aware of the exact hardware utilized during surgery. The best way to determine if your serious injury was caused by these products is to order copies of your medical records, which an experienced products liability attorney can assist you in doing.