For many years, women underwent surgical mesh procedures to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Now, hundreds of women are filing vaginal mesh lawsuits against the manufacturers due to the alleged side effects caused by the meshes. As a result, women who are experiencing symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse might be interested in nonsurgical treatment options. Unfortunately, the list of other options for how to correct pelvic organ prolapse is somewhat short, and the effectiveness of any alternative treatment plan depends on the severity of the prolapse. The worse the condition is the less likely repair without surgery will work in the long run.
Alternative Treatments More Helpful for Milder Symptoms
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that along with surgery, nonsurgical alternative treatment for pelvic organ prolapse can provide, “significant relief, but it may not completely solve all symptoms associated with POP such as pelvic pain or pressure.” The FDA’s vaginal mesh warning gives two examples:
- Kegel Exercises: These are a specific set of exercises that focus on strengthening the pelvic floor muscles that surround the urethra, vagina, and bladder.
- Using a Pessary: A pessary is a device that a woman can insert into her vagina to suspend the prolapsed organs back into place. It should be painless, but it must be cleaned regularly to prevent infection. In cases of severe prolapse, a pessary might not stay in place.
There are other options women have for treating pelvic organ prolapse without going under the knife:
- Reducing Caffeine Intake: products containing caffeine (coffee, tea, soft drinks) are “diuretics,” meaning they dehydrate the body and increase urination. Less pressure from the bladder will ease prolapse symptoms.
- Eating High-Fiber Foods: Foods containing fiber (often found in fruits and vegetables) prevent constipation, which relieves symptoms of rectal prolapse.
- Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Doctors recommend overweight women to exercise and lose weight, which will reduce the problems caused by pelvic organ prolapse.
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Most of these nonsurgical treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse are good advice for women generally, even for women who have suffered vaginal mesh complications. If you received vaginal mesh to treat a prolapsed organ, and you believe it injured you, then you need more than alternative treatments. The Rottenstein Law Group offers free, confidential legal consultations to women in your circumstances, and all you need to do is click on this link or call 1-800-624-9567 and a lawyer will reach out to you as soon as possible.