What is Vaginal Mesh?

By James Parker
July 28, 2021

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can be an embarrassing and difficult condition to live with that affects over 3 million women in the US. Vaginal mesh is a medical device used to treat POP.

Vaginal mesh, also called transvaginal mesh, is a medical netting commonly made out of polypropylene, a food-safe plastic. This mesh is surgically implanted in the patient in order to hold their organs in place while the body heals around the mesh. Vaginal mesh is often used to treat the complications of menopause, childbirth, or a hysterectomy including POP, stress urinary incontinence, and other discomforting or painful conditions. 

Vaginal mesh can be made of inorganic materials like plastics, or it can be made of polyester, absorbable synthetic materials that biodegrade like poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid), biological material including cow or pig-derived collagen, or a composite of multiple types of material. While these materials were all assured to be safe, effective, and painless, some of the women implanted with vaginal mesh experienced side effects.

After implantation, some women suffered complications as the result of improper placement and constant revision surgeries. Other complications arose from the mesh itself and included side effects like:

  • Bleeding
  • Dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse)
  • Infection at or near the implantation site
  • Neuro-muscular problems
  • Organ perforation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Recurrent prolapse
  • Urinary problems
  • Vaginal mesh erosion, exposure, extrusion, or protrusion
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Vaginal shrinkage

These side effects were so severe that some women required revision surgical treatment to remove their vaginal mesh while others needed to be hospitalized.

Many of these complications arise from the mesh migrating away from its original location. Because the mesh is designed to embed itself in the body to repair the damage, revision surgeries have to happen numerous times to ensure the entire mesh product has been removed from the body. 

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