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'".