What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) occurs when weakened pelvic muscles allow abdominal organs to protrude into the vagina or rectum. Treatment may include surgery, placement of a device called a pessary, or implantation with vaginal mesh. Unfortunately, vaginal mesh has been linked to severe complications. Hundreds of women have already filed a vaginal mesh lawsuit for their POP repair injuries.
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What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is a medical condition that affects hundreds of thousands of women. It occurs when the muscles in the pelvis become weakened. These weakened muscles are unable to support abdominal organs, so the organs drop (prolapse) and push against the vaginal wall or rectum. POP may involve one or more abdominal organs, but it usually involves the bladder. The urethra, uterus, vagina, intestines, or rectum may also prolapse.
POP is not usually life-threatening, but it can severely impact a woman’s quality of life — especially if it causes chronic pain, discomfort, incontinence, or constipation.
POP has many possible causes. It is usually a complication of multiple pregnancies. It can also be caused by activities that involve frequent bearing down on the pelvic floor, such as weight-lifting. Many cases of POP are due to aging.
Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Feeling pressure in the vagina due to organs pushing against the vaginal wall (this is the most common symptom)
- A feeling of “fullness” in the lower abdomen
- Feeling like something is falling out of the vagina
- Stretching or pulling feeling in the groin, lower back
- Incontinence or constipation
- Pain in the vagina, which may be worst during sexual intercourse
Symptoms of POP may worsen over time or get better. They tend to get worse for women who are overweight or obese, lift heavy weights, have prolonged coughing, or have tumors in the pelvic area which press on the pelvic floor.
Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Treatment for mild to moderate Pelvic Organ Prolapse usually begins with a pessary. This is a device that is fitted into the vagina, and it helps support organs that have prolapsed into the vagina. It can help relieve some of the discomfort caused by POP. This device has a long history of use, and it is very safe. The most serious complications include irritation, allergic reaction, erode into the vagina, or cause tissue damage.
If a pessary is not effective at treating POP, a woman may choose to undergo corrective surgery. Surgery may be recommended when a pessary is not effective for relieving pain, incontinence, constipation, or it decreases quality of life. The type of surgery varies depending on the organs that are prolapsed, but it usually involves tightening the ligaments and muscles to strengthen the pelvic floor. The surgery may involve incisions in the abdomen or vagina, laparoscopy, or even robotic surgery. Each method has advantages and disadvantages which should be discussed with your doctor.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Vaginal mesh is a medical device that is also known as “pelvic mesh” or “transvaginal mesh.” This device was developed in the late 1990s as a treatment for POP. The mesh is implanted into the center of the pelvis through incisions in the vagina. Once in place, it supports abdominal organs like a hammock. Many devices are intended to be absorbed and incorporated into the body.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received about 4,000 reports of severe injuries caused by vaginal mesh. Hundreds of women have already filed vaginal mesh lawsuits against the manufacturers, and our vaginal mesh lawyers continue to be contacted by women. If you were injured by vaginal mesh, we can help.
Serious complications are not rare. The most common complication is vaginal mesh erosion, in which pieces of the mesh protrude into the vagina. Other serious complications include infection, scarring, nerve damage, disfigurement of the vagina, chronic pain, and more. Even with multiple corrective surgeries, some complications may be permanent.
If you decide to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit, you could be entitled to compensation. Damages may include pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, decreased quality of life, and more. Contact a vaginal mesh lawyer at The Clark Firm, LLP for more information.
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