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Transvaginal Mesh, a polypropylene product used in surgery to correct problems of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), has caused personal injuries to more than 1000 women. In response, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a strong Public Health Notification on the dangers associated with both the product and the surgery.

In its warning, the FDA stated that vaginal scarring and mesh erosion have caused significant personal injuries with discomfort and pain and have had negative impacts on many women’s quality of life. The FDA also said that physicians must receive specialized training for each different type of mesh placement and that they must follow each patient closely to watch for complications. Doctors who fail to do so are increasing the chances of an adverse transvaginal mesh event for their patients.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence are disorders that affect millions of women, most of whom are over 50.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse, like a hernia, is the abnormal protrusion of an organ through the pelvic floor. When Pelvic Organ Prolapse does occur, the bladder, rectum, uterus, and bowel may push into the vagina. This can result in pain, a feeling of pressure, incontinence, or constipation.

The strains of pregnancy and childbirth are the most common causes of these conditions, but strenuous physical labor can also be a cause.

An old wives tale claims that a woman should not participate in a strenuous sport such as distance running because her uterus might fall out, but plenty of marathon-running mothers have disproven that condescending bit of misinformation.

Women with a uterine prolapse often say that they feel as though their insides are falling out. Any form of Pelvic Organ Prolapse has a negative impact on a woman, and in many cases, surgery is the only solution.

Done properly, surgery to correct Pelvic Organ Prolapse can be a great benefit. Performed improperly or with defective transvaginal mesh, the surgery can make a painful situation worse.

If the mesh is defectively designed or produced, or if it is improperly placed, the patient is likely to suffer pain, infection, mesh erosion, and a recurrence of the prolapse or incontinence that the mesh was supposed to correct. Treatment of these problems can require additional surgeries, the removal of the mesh, blood transfusions, and the draining of hematomas or abscesses that may have formed.

If Pelvic Organ Prolapse or Stress Urinary Incontinence surgery with transvaginal mesh has left you with personal injuries that have decreased your quality of life, please call us to find out if our team of personal injury specialists can help.

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