Pelvic organ prolapse is often linked to strain during childbirth or following a hysterectomy. The condition, sometimes referred to as POP, occurs when one of the pelvic organs prolapses (drops) from its normal place in the body and pushes against the walls of the vagina. While the bladder is the most common type of pelvic organ prolapse, other organs such as the urethra, uterus, small bowel and rectum can be involved. The condition can be worsened by obesity, persistent cough, pelvic tumors and frequent constipation.
Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
The only way to diagnose pelvic organ prolapse is a traditional pelvic examination. However, it is now common for primary care physicians and gynecologists to screen women for symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse. According to Harvard Medical School, by age 80, more than 1 in every 10 women will have undergone surgery for pelvic organ prolapse. The characteristic symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse may include:
- Incontinence (releasing urine without intending to)
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Leg fatigue and low back pain
- Feeling pressure in pelvic organs against vaginal wall
- Feeling as if something is falling out of the vagina.
Ways to Repair Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic Organ Prolapse is not a condition that necessarily worsens over time. Women with mild symptoms may simply be told to avoid anything that could worsen the condition, such as lifting heavy objects. Women who are overweight may be advised to lose weight and women who smoke may be told to quit smoking. Women who are experiencing major discomfort, and who do not plan to have future children may choose surgical repair, including use of transvaginal surgical mesh. Urogynecology is a new surgical specialty to correct pelvic organ prolapse and related conditions. Surgery may be used to repair tissue supporting a prolapsed organ, repair the tissue the vagina, or to close the opening of the vagina.
Complications Associated with Transvaginal Mesh Repair
On Oct. 20, 2008, the FDA issued a Public Health Notification advising health care providers to inform patients that implantation of surgical mesh is permanent, and that some complications associated with the implanted mesh may require additional surgery that may or may not correct the complication. Doctors were also urged to inform patients about the potential for serious complications and their effect on quality of life, including pain during sexual intercourse, scarring, and narrowing of the vaginal wall in pelvic organ prolapse repair using surgical mesh. The FDA also stated that health care providers should recognize that pelvic organ prolapse can be treated successfully without mesh thus avoiding the risk of mesh-related complications.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair Lawsuits
If you had a transvaginal mesh surgical procedure to repair pelvic organ prolapse and experienced serious problems, contact Estey Bomberger for a free case evaluation as soon as possible. From our offices in California, we are representing transvaginal mesh clients nationwide. Under our contingency fee agreement, there are no upfront fees and we are only paid when we recover compensation for our clients. Call us toll-free or fill out our case evaluation form and an attorney will contact you to evaluate your potential case.