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POP Relapse Can Result From Mesh Complications

Pelvic organ prolapse is a condign that manifests when one or several pelvic organs drop, or prolapse, down into the vaginal wall, which can create pressure and discomfort. The use of vaginal mesh as a treatment is common, but unfortunately this method of treatment has been linked to a recurrence of the condition along with continued pain and agitated symptoms. The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2011 that described the risk of transvaginal mesh problems as “not rare”.

POP has several causes

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a woman’s vaginal muscles and ligaments weaken, which can allow internal organs to descend and subsequently put pressure on the vaginal wall. This can be brought about by pregnancy and childbirth or menopause, although pelvic organ prolapse has also been known to occur in women who have had a hysterectomy. Obesity, frequent constipation, pelvic organ tumors, or a long-lasting cough are also risk factors, because they can put stress on the abdominal area and can affect already weakened muscles.

Symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include pressure, feelings of fullness in the lower abdomen, incontinence, bowel problems, pain during intercourse, and stretching pain–the feeling of having pulled or overstretched muscles in the back or groin. Patients who have experienced signs and symptoms of pelvic prolapse should contact their physician immediately so they may be diagnosed.

Vaginal mesh can cause relapse

Although vaginal mesh has long been a common treatment for pelvic organ prolapse, it can cause serious complications including erosion and scarring. Some patients who have been fitted with a transvaginal mesh implant to treat POP have experienced a recurrence of the condition, and some have even experienced aggravation of their symptoms. Extrusion or erosion of the mesh may mean that the implant no longer supports a woman’s vaginal muscles and can even exacerbate a woman’s original condition. A number of patients who have experienced complications related to these devices have chosen to contact a lawyer and some are filing vaginal mesh lawsuits in the hopes of gaining injury-related compensation.

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