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TONIGHT 12/03 09:00PM CST - “An Unknown Controversy” – This evening we will be discussing with David Sawyer who is an activist against TVT or Tension Free Transvaginal Tape (TVT Sling) used in supporting the bladder for Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) the mesh for SUI lifts the urethra and the POP mesh prevents the bladder or uterus from falling through the vaginal cavity. These mesh procedures have replaced safer and traditional “bladder tacking”. The problem is the complications it does present for those patients have gone relatively ignored by the medical community. Tonight, David will share with us his efforts and experiences that led him to lead the fight to get the public to understand the procedure and it’s debilitating consequences.
Transvaginal Mesh is a type of surgical mesh, with attributes similar to household window screen. It is used in women to treat pelvic prolapse, bladder prolapse, and similar problems. The transvaginal mesh is implanted through the vagina and used to create what is sometimes called a pelvic sling or bladder sling.
The use of transvaginal mesh for this purpose goes back many years. It is the same materiel as hernia mesh repairs.
Transvaginal mesh is generally made from polyester or polypropylene. Imagine a window screen, it is something along those lines.
Recently an increasing number of adverse events have been reported to the FDA. The FDA subsequently issued a warning about transvaginal mesh. From there it has made its way to the evening news.
The mesh has been used extensively and therefore awareness will build as more women come forward.
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