Pelvic Organ Prolapse Injury Attorneys
Our pelvic organ prolapse (POP) injury attorneys are filing vaginal mesh lawsuits on behalf of women who have suffered serious injury after being implanted with transvaginal mesh as a treatment for POP. The U.S. FDA has issued a warning concerning the use of vaginal mesh to treat POP, citing thousands of reports where women have suffered complications such as organ perforation, bleeding, urinary incontinence, and pain.
If you or a woman you love has suffered as a result of pelvic organ prolapse treated with vaginal mesh, you may be eligible to file a dangerous medical device lawsuit. Contact a medical product liability pelvic organ prolapse injury attorney today for a free legal consultation.
Call us at 1-888-554-2889 to speak with an experienced pelvic organ prolapse injury attorney personally. We offer:
- A free, no-obligation case evaluation with a medical product liability lawyer
- No fee unless we win your case
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What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a condition that occurs when a woman’s pelvic organs prolapse, or drop, from their normal position, causing them to push against the walls of the vagina. In most cases, this happens when the muscles that hold these organs in place are weakened by surgery or childbirth. There are a number of organs that can be involved in a pelvic organ prolapse, including the vagina, small bowel, bladder, urethra, uterus, and the rectum.
Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include:
- A feeling of pressure from pelvic organs pressing against the vaginal wall
- Constipation and other bowel problems
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- The feeling of a pull or stretch in your groin area or in your lower back
- Feeling as if something is falling out of your vagina
- Feeling very full in the lower abdomen
- Releasing urine unexpectedly, or needing to urinate more frequently than usual
What Causes Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
There are a number of risk factors that can make a woman more vulnerable to pelvic organ prolapse. Statistically, Caucasian women are more likely to develop POP than women who are Africa American. Genetics also plays in a role in the strength of bones, muscles, and connective tissues that may be factors in POP. Other conditions that may add to the risk of pelvic organ prolapse include:
- Back or pelvic fractures during falls or motor vehicle accidents
- Chronic coughing
- Debilitating nerve and muscle diseases
- Heavy lifting
- Injury during vaginal delivery
- Pelvic radiation
Estimates show that roughly fifty percent of women between the ages of 50 and 80 will experience some form of pelvic organ prolapse. Over a lifetime, the risk that a woman will have corrective surgery for POP or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is roughly 11 percent, and nearly one-third of these women will require additional revision surgeries. In the U.S. alone, more than 300,000 procedures are performed to correct POP every year. In addition to these documented cases, many women manage their pelvic organ prolapse without medical intervention.
Transvaginal Mesh Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Transvaginal mesh is used to reinforce the vaginal wall in the treatment of POP, and is made from a synthetic or biologic material. In the U.S., there are currently a number of minimally invasive treatments offered using vaginal mesh.
Vaginal mesh is meant to treat POP permanently, and may not be fully removable once it is implanted. Still, there are alternatives to suing transvaginally implanted mesh. In some cases, surgery with stitches may be performed to repair POP.
Unfortunately, there is a high rate of complications and injuries that may result from transvaginal implantation of pelvic mesh. In fact, the FDA has stated that, in most cases, transvaginal mesh is not the only treatment available for pelvic organ prolapse.
Transvaginal Mesh Injuries
Vaginal mesh has been known to cause a number of painful and possibly disfiguring injuries. Vaginal mesh erosion and organ perforation by vaginal mesh have been reported in association with mesh manufactured by nine companies, including C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, and Ethicon. Included in adverse event reports filed with the FDA are the following injuries:
- Erosion of vaginal tissue
- Hardening of the vaginal mesh
- Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
- Recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
- Urinary problems
- Vaginal mesh erosion
- Vaginal scarring
A number of women who have suffered these transvaginal mesh injuries have opted to file defective medical device personal injury lawsuits in pursuit of just compensation for their damages.
Contact a Pelvic Organ Prolapse Injury Attorney
If you have suffered pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and have been implanted with defective vaginal mesh, you may be able to file a dangerous medical device lawsuit for compensation. Our medical product liability lawyers are filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits on behalf of women injured by vaginal mesh after pelvic organ prolapse surgery. When you are ready to learn about your legal rights, contact a pelvic organ prolapse injury attorney for a free consultation.