Transvaginal mesh is a type of woven fabric utilized to hold organs in the pelvic region in their proper place in the event that a female patient is suffering from weakened pelvic muscles that allow the bowel, bladder, uterus, and other organs to move out of position. Different materials may be used to construct the mesh used for a TVM implant including absorbable synthetics, non-absorbable polyester, human tissue, and other materials; however, polyester mesh and polypropylene mesh are among those most commonly used.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved various types of mesh implants, including the mini-sling, the tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) sling, and the transobturator tape (TOT) sling. The following outlines the differences between the three types.
- Mini-sling – Implanted with a metallic inserter that aids in the alignment of the mesh close to the mid-urethra. Said to help reduce the risks of cuts while being inserted.
- TVT sling – The patient’s body is what holds this in place, with the insertion of polypropylene mesh tape through a vaginal incision and two incisions in the abdomen that allow for the passage of the sling underneath the urethra.
- TOT sling – A procedure in which surgeons claim to have more control over tape placement. A subfascial hammock is formed under the urethra.
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