Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a condition caused by a weakening of the muscles and other tissues that support the pelvic organs (bladder, urethra, rectum, uterus). As the pelvic muscles weaken, other tissues must bear the weight of the pelvic organs. When these tissues stretch and fail, the pelvic organs may drop and press into the vaginal wall.
Symptoms of POP may include:
- pelvic pressure
- urinary problems
- bowel issues
- sexual difficulties
Women with less serious prolapse may not experience any symptoms.
Women who have undergone vaginal childbirth are at the greatest risk of POP, especially after menopause. Approximately one in 10 women over the age of 80 has undergone surgery to treat POP, either with stitches or through the use of transvaginal mesh. Approximately 25% of POP repair surgeries is performed with transvaginal surgical mesh products.
In July 2011, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the safety of transvaginal mesh products. The agency stated that contrary to previous reports, complications from transvaginal mesh were not rare and that POP surgery using these products was no more effective than traditional surgical repair. Hundreds of women have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits after experiencing pain or other complications from these products.
If you or a loved one were underwent surgery with transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse or other conditions and have experienced complications from the product, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.