In 2011 the FDA issues a public warning regarding these severe complications women are facing.
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A vaginal mesh is a semi-permeable medical device implanted in women to reinforce the structures of the lower abdomen and keep their organs in place. The device is known as a vaginal mesh because it is usually positioned through the vagina, although it can also be placed through an incision in the abdomen.
Introduced in 1990 the device was designed to correct pelvic organ prolapse, a condition affecting elderly women, characterized by weakening of the pelvic muscles which allow the pelvic organs like the bladder, uterus and rectum to drop into the vagina.