Different Surgeries Offer Successful Alternatives to Transvaginal Mesh

Female incontinence is an embarrassing, complicated disorder, not uncommon for older women or those who suffered injury during childbirth. New research published and highlighted in an article by Tech Times, has revealed that female incontinence can now be treated by two effective surgeries, an alternative to transvaginal mesh implants, medical devices that have led to painful complications for thousands of women nationwide.


Female incontinence is sometimes caused by pelvic organ prolapse. In the past few decades pelvic organ prolapse has been treated with transvaginal mesh resulting in long-term damage and injury to patients. Our Boston transvaginal mesh attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of women injured by defective medical products, including TVM. We are also committed to keeping patients aware of the potential risks associated with transvaginal mesh.

New data indicates that the condition can be treated with one of two surgeries: sacrospinous ligament fixation (SSLF) or uterosacral ligament suspension (ULS). For the first time, data has been made available to indicate possible safer and more effective options for patients. The research results indicate that both surgical options are effective at repairing incontinence.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published the study, which showed little difference between the use of SSLF (60.5 percent success) and ULS (59.2 percent success). A lead author of the study has recommended that surgeons continue to perform the surgery that they prefer to perform. Both of the medical procedures require reattaching the vagina to the pelvic region. The surgeries essentially shift the vagina into its correct anatomical position.

Participants in the study had undergone the surgery and provided feedback on the outcome of their treatment and recovery. The women suffered various stages of vaginal prolapse: half received the SSLF surgery and the other half had ULS. Both groups had comparable degrees of pain and recuperation and the surgeries were about equal when it came to costs and recovery. The study also showed that additional treatments, including perioperative pelvic floor training (BPMT), was not effective at alleviating symptoms. This was the effect for symptoms that occurred 6 months after surgery and even up until the 2-year mark after surgery. Authors of the study have not dismissed the treatment and training all together, but for severe cases of incontinence, women will likely have to undergo surgical treatment. Doctors studying the treatment of pelvic prolapse indicate that getting involved at earlier stages can benefit patients.

Transvaginal mesh was developed in the 90s as a quick solution to remedy pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. Now women who have suffered transvaginal mesh injuries are being forced into surgery. When transvaginal mesh erodes, it can cut through internal organs and cause infections. Many transvaginal mesh products have been recalled from the market. If you have suffered transvaginal mesh injury, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other losses you have endured.

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