You may have seem commercials like these surround the transvaginal mesh class action suits being brought against the manufacturers. The lawsuit stems from the process by which new “inventions” are brought to market.
Why was the transvaginal mesh approved?
Originally, the mesh used in these transvaginal surgeries was cleared by the FDA through their 501(k) process that helps to get new, helpful products to market. The stipulation requires that these new products be substantially equivalent to existing, approved products.
Having one product approved meant that manufacturers could create new competing products without having to go through the vigors of safety checks. Unfortunately, some having had this procedure are now having complications that will require more surgery.
Whereas kegel and pelvic floor exercises help the body strengthen the muscles of the pelvic foor, slings are designed to wrap around and support parts of the pelvic structure. And mesh is designed to reinforce weakened pelvic organ walls. Both are artificial means to achieving stronger muscles.
This is clearly one of the downsides to surgery over kegels and pelvic floor exercises.