Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) have been a health concern for women for many years. There are several options for the treatment of these conditions. In POP symptomatic women, a doctor might first suggest Kegel exercises to attempt to strengthen the weak pelvic floor muscles. For women who are not sexually active, another conservative option is the use of a pessary device. This is usually a donut shaped device that is fitted and inserted into the vagina in the doctor’s office. The pessary device can prevent pelvic organs from sagging into the vagina and allows for more natural urination.
Surgery is the most common option for women in the U.S. with POP and SUI. An estimated 250,000 procedures are performed in the U.S. each year to treat POP. One POP treatment for women who are not sexually active is a surgical procedure called colpectomy. This is a vaginal surgery performed with or without a hysterectomy where the vagina is shortened and narrowed to eliminate the prolapse.
There are multiple surgical options available for women with POP who are still sexually active and who wish to preserve the vaginal canal. The options can be limited by a number of factors including the women’s symptoms, the type of prolapse, the women’s history of previous abdominal or pelvic surgeries and the surgeon’s skill level. For more than 50 years, surgeons have performed a procedure known as abdominal sacrocolpopexy to repair POP. In early years, doctors would make a 5-10 inch incision in the abdomen (stomach) and use the women’s own tissues to tack up and hold the sagging pelvic organs and structures in place. This procedure resulted in a hospital stay of 3-5 days and a recovery period of several months.
In later years, doctors began using a device known as a laparoscope to repair POP. The laparoscope is a long tube with a camera on it that is inserted into the body so the surgeon can see into the body without making a big incision to open up the body. The doctor will make several small holes in the body and will insert the scope in one hole and the instruments into other holes to make a surgical repair. Doctors now use this scope to perform a procedure called a laparoscopic sarcrocolpopexy to repair POP. The procedure is done with no hospital stay and the recovery period is about 2 weeks. The surgeon uses mesh device to lift and hold the sagging organs. The mesh devices really act like a sling or hammock. Doctors can also perform a similar procedure to repair POP by making an incision in the vagina rather than in the abdomen. However, the failure rates have been found to be higher in vaginal procedures as compared to abdominal procedures.
Several medical companies have designed and sold these mesh devices for the surgical treatment of POP and SUI. The companies include C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, and American Medical Systems. However, there is debate among doctors as to whether POP repair using mesh is any more effective than the more traditional repair procedures using the body’s own tissues. Also, these devices are different in their design and physical composition and they are not all the same. It is clear that some of these mesh devices, such as the Bard Avaulta and Bard Pelvi devices, are defective and are causing serious harms and losses to women.
Despite the high number of reports to the FDA on the severe complications associated with these vaginal mesh devices, the FDA has not taken these vaginal mesh devices off of the market. These products are still endangering the health of many women. It is our opinion that some of these mesh devices were negligently designed and constructed.
Our team of legal professionals have aggressively sought justice for women injured by these defective mesh devices and have already recovered money for some of our clients. We are not new to this area and we have the experience you are looking for. We are now helping women who have been injured by several defective mesh devices. Our team of lawyers has assembled some of the top doctors and mesh experts in the world to help our clients recover for the harms and losses they have suffered, including getting them the financial compensation they deserve.
At the present time we are filing claims for women who have been injured by a number of different mesh devices, including the Bard Avaulta devices, the Bard Pelvi devices, TYCO IVS device, Johnson and Johnson’s Ethicon devices and Gynemesh devices, Boston Scientifics’ devices and American Medical Systems devices.
We would be honored to help you with your claim against the medical company who made and sold you defective mesh, and to help you recover for the harms and losses you have suffered and are still suffering. Please call us now toll free at 1-855-MESH-411 (1-855-637-4411) for a free and private consultation with one of our female legal consultants.
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