Transvaginal mesh implants are surgical implants used to treat or prevent pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which can occur in women after childbirth or surgery. POP causes the womb to fall into the vaginal area, and can also lead to the bladder and bowels slipping out of place and putting pressure on the vagina, causing considerable pain and discomfort, as well as urinary incontinence in some cases. The implants may also be used to treat incontinence.
In many cases, implant problems have required multiple surgeries to remove the vaginal mesh. Even after surgery, women may be left with permanent and disfiguring injuries.