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What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)?

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)?

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) occurs when weakened muscles in the pelvic floor allow internal organs to protrude (prolapse) into the vagina or rectum. It may be treated with a medical device called a pessary, or surgery to repair the pelvic floor. Sometimes, vaginal mesh is used to repair POP. Unfortunately, vaginal mesh has been linked to severe side effects. Hundreds women who suffered vaginal mesh injuries are now filing lawsuits against the manufacturers.

What You Can Do & How a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting vaginal mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by vaginal mesh, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Vaginal Mesh Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)?

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is a common condition that affects thousands of women, usually after multiple pregnancies, surgeries (such as a hysterectomy), or due to aging. It occurs when the muscular floor of the pelvis, which holds the pelvic organs in place, becomes weakened or stretched. Abdominal organs may descend (prolapse) and push against the vagina or rectum.

In most cases, Pelvic Organ Prolapse is not life-threatening. However, it can be painful or uncomfortable. Over time, it may get better or worse. Each case is unique, and there are different types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Some women have only one prolapsed organ, while other women have several prolapsed organs. These organs may include the bladder, urinary system, uterus, vagina, intestines, or rectum.

Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

  • Pressure in the vagina from pelvic organs pressing against the vaginal wall
  • Feeling “fullness” in the lower belly
  • Feeling like something is falling out of the vagina
  • Feeling like something is pulling or stretching in the groin or lower back
  • Incontinence
  • Vaginal pain during sexual intercourse
  • Constipation or other bowel problems

These symptoms can become worse when a woman is overweight, has a long-lasting cough, has frequent constipation, lifts heavy weights, or has tumors in the pelvic area. These conditions put more pressure on the weakened pelvic muscles.

Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

If the Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is not too severe, a doctor may give you a pessary. This is a device that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is inserted into the vagina and helps support prolapsed organs. Pessaries are an extremely safe device. The risk of complications is very low, though some women may have irritation, tissue damage from pressure, erosions, or allergic reaction.

When POP is more serious, a doctor may recommend surgery to repair the pelvic floor — especially when the condition causes pain, incontinence, constipation, decreased quality of life, or a pessary is not effective. This surgery involves repairing the woman’s ligaments and tightening muscles.

The type of surgery depends on the organs that have prolapsed. Incisions may be made through the vagina or the abdomen. Each method has advantages and disadvantages, which you should discuss with your doctor.

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Vaginal mesh (also known as “transvaginal mesh” or “pelvic mesh”) is a medical device that was invented in the 1990s to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). The mesh is implanted into the pelvis and acts like a hammock to support abdominal organs that have prolapsed into the vagina.

Unfortunately, vaginal mesh has been linked to a high risk of complications — including vaginal mesh erosion, perforation of internal organs (such as the bowel, bladder, or blood vessels), severe scarring, nerve damage, shrinkage of the mesh, vaginal disfigurement, recurrent incontinence or prolapse, and more. Many women have required multiple corrective surgeries to repair these complications, but some complications are incurable.

If you received vaginal mesh to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse, you are not alone. Hundreds of women who were injured by this device have already contact a vaginal mesh lawyer. There are hundreds of vaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in federal court, and you may still have time to join the litigation.

If you decide to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit, you could be entitled to significant financial compensation for your pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost income, decreased quality of life, and more.

Do I have a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting vaginal mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by vaginal mesh, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Vaginal Mesh Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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