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TWM : Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

Interviewer: The mesh, what is it used for and when did doctors begin using it?
Interviewer: So the transvaginal mesh is used for treatment of either urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse in women.
historically general surgeons have been using mesh for treatment of different hernias anywhere else in the body. And probably in 1990s or around that time, gynecologists have realized that the pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence is a type of hernia, so they got that idea of using the same mesh as general surgeons were using for treatment for let's say inguinal hernia to treat the hernia in the pelvis.

FDA ALERT: FDA is alerting healthcare professionals about rare but serious complications associated with the surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
Interviewer: So FDA found that there was quite high rate of complications with placement of mesh and mesh kits, and they included erosion, pain, dyspareunia, which is pain with intercourse, bleeding, and extrusion of mesh, or expulsion of mesh.
Interviewer: You are working trying to find a way to make that mesh safer, is that correct?
Interviewer: Correct. I work with several companies and I actually have several ideas how to make mesh safer, not only the placement of the mesh but finding of the mesh once it is placed and the removal of the mesh. Meaning if the mesh causes complications, I think there must be an easier better way to find out exactly where it is so it can be completely removed.