You may have seen or heard recent news articles about the concerns surrounding the use of vaginal mesh. Surgical mesh has been used by surgeons since the 1950s to repair abdominal hernias. In the 1970s, gynecologists began implanting surgical mesh for the abdominal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and, in the 1990s, for the transvaginal repair of POP.
In 2016 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two orders to manufacturers and the public to strengthen the data requirements for surgical mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) transvaginally, or through the vagina. The FDA issued one order to reclassify these medical devices from class II, which generally includes moderate-risk devices, to class III, which generally includes high-risk devices, and a second order that requires manufacturers to submit a premarket approval (PMA) application to support the safety and effectiveness of surgical mesh for the transvaginal repair of POP.
The American Urogynecologic Society, of which Washington Urology & Urogynecology Associates is a current member, strongly opposes any restrictions by state or local medical organizations, healthcare systems, or insurance companies which ban currently available surgical options performed by qualified and credentialed surgeons on appropriately informed patients with pelvic floor disorders.
The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) is a non‐profit organization of over 1500 physician and allied health members. AUGS represents the largest professional society representing Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery specialists.
You can read more information from both organizations by visiting the links below and please call the office and schedule an appointment with you doctor if you have any questions or concerns.