The history of transvaginal mesh patch surgery

It is good to give you a rundown of the origin and history of the controversial transvaginal mesh patch surgery. This is also in the bid to let you know that there is nothing wrong with the surgery itself, because it has been used in ages past to get patients cured of these ailments. The use of surgical mesh to repair human hernias dated back to the 1950s. But it was not until the 1970s that the use of mesh products to repair abdominal prolapse started. However the history from the FDA itself has it that it was after 20 years that the use of the mesh to repair stress and other types of urinary incontinence started. This was later followed by the vaginal implantation of the mesh as a departure or development on the known abdominal method.

However, this was going on in the crude way all these while. The method was that the surgeons will cut the mesh themselves, and with the help of several incisions place it into the abdomen or vagina. Here, it is cut according the corresponding size needed. But as time went on, the manufacturers used the template to develop meshes that are specifically designed for the repair of SUI and POP. However, during the period under review, the process was not as complicated as it is now, and many doctors who were not even trained in abdominal surgery were able to carry out the surgery. It was a straightforward procedure at this time.

It was in 2004 that the first transvaginal mesh patch surgery kit was manufactured and approved by the FDA. The firms that were cleared by the FDA came up with kits that contained specialized tools, pre-shaped mesh and some surgical instruments.

When the kits came out, the first set of doctors to adopt it were gynecologists that specialized in pelvic surgery.  This was later followed by almost all the general gynecologists.

An interview with a 77 year old woman who had the transvaginal mesh patch surgery revealed that she had the surgery in 2009 and it proved that the surgery was successful in many people. She testified that she had the surgery because she experienced severe constipation and dropped bowel and bladder, which was caused by prolapse, and this necessitated the surgery. But she was quick to say that since after the surgery in 2009, she has not experienced any discomfort or complications, and she is just coming back from a tour of Australia.

However, the downturn of the history is that by 2009, it was discovered that more than 80 percent of women who underwent this surgery experienced one type of complication or the other. This made the FDA to come out and issue a warning to all, that there are risks involved with the use of the product. From here, it moved to mandate all the manufacturers to have more safety test on their products before selling them, and that doctors must let the patient know about the risks of using it.

But they did not end here, they went ahead to issue the order 555 that stipulates a many other stricter restrictions on the manufacturing and sale of these transvaginal mesh patch surgery kit. The turn of events was that many of the manufacturers of these meshes started withdrawing their meshes from the market, while the court cases instituted by the patients that suffered complications and injuries from the use of the meshes continued in court, with a call for an outright ban on it.