When a peri-menopausal or menopausal woman’s pelvic muscles weaken as a result of childbirth, a reduction in her estrogen production, or the everyday activities that put a strain on her pelvic muscles, she can suffer from bladder prolapse, a condition marked by the bladder’s descent into the vagina.
Treatments for bladder prolapse vary, depending on the seriousness of the bladder prolapse at issue. When the bladder prolapse itself–or one of the major side effects of bladder prolapse, a condition known as stress urinary incontinence (SUI)–becomes serious, doctors often use vaginal mesh to correct the problem.
Bladder Prolapse Side Effects Include Stress Urinary Incontinence
One of the most common–and inconvenient–side effects of bladder prolapse is SUI–a condition marked by the involuntary leakage of urine from a woman’s urethra during moments of physical stress. The surgical operations performed to treat this side effect of bladder prolapse are often called “sling procedures” because the doctors performing them use mesh to create a sling-like structure of support for a patient’s urethra or bladder.
Current Mesh Devices on the Market
Many types vaginal mesh products are still legally being used by U.S. doctors to treat the bladder prolapse side effect known as SUI. They are marketed under many names, including the following:
- Tension-free Transvaginal Tape (TVT): Also known as Gynecare TVT, this mesh product is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, and has been used to treat more than 1.5 million women worldwide. Doctors implant Gynecare TVT by making two small incisions in the abdomen, just above the public bone. No sutures hold the tape in place. Gynecare TVT reportedly was approved by the FDA based on its similarity to Boston Scientific’s ProteGen Sling, which has since been recalled.
- Mini Slings: There are several mini mesh slings and bladder slings on the market, including one known as the MiniArc. Doctors put mini-slings in place by making incisions in the same places used for TVT implants. They make a small incision under the urethra and place the sling/tape there. A mini-sling is positioned at a less acute angle than the TVT sling.
- Monarc SPARC Sling: The SPARC sling treats urinary stress incontinence by using two curved, narrow-diameter needles and a self-fixating sling with a tension suture. The Sparc sling is similar to other tensionless vaginal tapes, but the needles are thinner and are inserted from the suprapubic area in a posterior direction and guided with a finger inserted through a small suburethral incision.
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