Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when one or more of the pelvic organs in a woman’s body drops from the normal location in the body to press against the vagina. This can include the urethra, uterus and other pelvic organs, and is often caused by the weakening of the pelvic floor, as a result of childbirth, a hysterectomy, or menopause. Surgery is a solution many women choose. There are a number of surgeries regularly performed, which depends on the organ that is affected, but the utilization of mesh is common.
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
Stress incontinence, also known as effort incontinence, is due essentially to insufficient strength of the pelvic floor muscles to prevent the passage of urine, especially during activities that increase intra-abdominal pressure, such as coughing, sneezing, or bearing down.
SUI affects an estimated 20-40 percent of women. One reason why women so greatly affected is the weakening of pelvic floor muscles by childbirth. Treatment may be conservative (such as exercise to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles) or surgical. Surgical repair of SUI can be performed through an abdominal incision, using sutures (Burch urethropexy), or through a vaginal incision, by placing a surgical mesh device under the urethra to prevent urinary loss during physical activity.
Transvaginal Mesh Surgeries and Injuries
Market data from manufacturers indicate that, in 2010 alone, approximately 300,000 women underwent surgical procedures in the United States to repair POP and approximately 260,000 underwent surgical procedures to repair SUI. Approximately one out three POP surgeries used mesh, and over 80 percent of the SUI surgeries were done transvaginally with mesh.
Unfortunately, there have been frequent, severe complications and injuries associated with these surgeries, including vaginal mesh erosion, pain, and organ perforation. If you have been injured as the result of transvaginal mesh, you deserve to be represented by an experienced attorney who will stand by your side. Aaron M. Levine & Associates has more than 50 years of experience representing individuals who have been injured as the result of defective drugs and medical devices.
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