Surgical Mesh Update

You may have heard that the FDA has ordered the manufacturers of surgical mesh used for transvaginal repair of anterior compartment prolapse (cystocele) to stop selling their products immediately.

It’s important to note this is not because of reported problems with the mesh, but because the manufacturers have not demonstrated reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness for these devices. For more details on this, visit the FDA information page

We realize you may have some questions about this.

If you received transvaginal mesh for the surgical repair of prolapse, please continue with your annual and other routine check-ups and follow-up care. There is no need to take additional action if you are satisfied with your surgery and are not having any complications or symptoms.

If you have complications or symptoms, including persistent vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic or groin pain or pain with sex, you should notify your health care provider.

You should also let your health care provider know if you have surgical mesh so it can be entered into your medical record, especially if you plan to have another surgery or other medical procedures.

If you were planning to have mesh placed transvaginally for the repair of prolapse, we will discuss other treatment options with you.

If you have had pelvic organ prolapse surgery but don’t recall if mesh was used, please call our office at 425.899.5800.

If you have other questions, please call our office at 425.899.5800.