The Transvaginal Surgical Mess
By @Cristina_Monny on April 14, 2014
Imagine a Tyrannosaurus Rex gnashing its prey to bits. Yes of course you may not have a real-life experience of having seen one in action. But you have all seen Jurassic Park right? Now imagine a cat lapping milk from a bowl.
Well, if a sanitary napkin was the equivalent of the cat, then the Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) would be nothing less than a T-Rex down there! This product, marketed as a corrective measure for treating pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) has been wreaking havoc in the lives of thousands of women in the past decade or so.
TVM – Total Vaginal Mutilation
Pelvic organs are made of soft and vulnerable tissue. Any form of a mesh that involves a grid-like structure coming into close contact with them has no business being inside a vagina. Imagine squeezing cottage cheese through a sieve. Not a very pleasant thought indeed!
The dangers of transvaginal mesh surgeries are not new. As early as 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had been crying foul about TVM. A public health notification issued by the agency strongly warned about the dangers of having this invasive procedure done. The dire consequences included the breaking down of the mesh while inside as well as the perforation of blood vessels, the bowels and even the bladder.
The purported claims of the mesh manufacturers, that their devices can reinforce the pelvic wall and support the reproductive organs, have become mush. Quite like a scoop of ice cream on the tarmac on a hot summer day. The reports of surgical mesh failures leading to malfunctions, injuries and even death numbered over a thousand between 2005 and 2008. These almost tripled over the next three years!
Ethicon – The Ethical Con
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) produces transvaginal mesh products through its Ethicon manufacturing unit. One of the products, shrewdly named Gynecare Prolift, was revealed to have been put on the market shelves without even having it approved by U.S. government regulators. The only lifting that it did was of the sales of JNJ meshes, being around $85 million in 2012, and so should be renamed as Profit-lift.
Slammed by Lawsuits
It actually took hundreds of lawsuits filed by victims of mesh surgeries and court verdicts for the mesh makers to reign in their aggressive marketing and sales drives. A transvaginal mesh lawsuit filed by Christine Scott in Bakersfield, California against C.R. Bard Inc. resulted in the company paying damages to the tune of $5.5 million back in July 2012. Bard’s vaginal mesh implant Avaulta Plus was found to have been pushed to women suffering from bulging pelvic organs, or involuntary urinary discharge, despite dangerous risks.
Don’t Stay Silent, Seek Justice
Women who have had TVM surgeries and sustained injuries from the product’s failures have taken on the goliath companies and won.
So Ladies! DO NOT fall prey to the “T-Rex Vaginal Mesh”. Yes, pelvic organ prolapsed can be quite a harrowing experience. But resorting to having a pelvic mesh being surgically implanted inside your vagina quite literally opens a Pandora’s Box worth of dangers.
Treat your Body like a temple, and your va-jay-jay like an alter. Now you wouldn’t want a horde of sword-wielding barbarians coming in and destroying the sanctity of your temple, now would you!
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