At first, transvaginal mesh surgery seemed to be a viable solution for many women suffering from Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). Unfortunately, a great number of women who underwent this procedure suffered serious side effects from the implantation of the surgical mesh which was meant to support their internal organs. Some of these women have filed vaginal mesh lawsuits against some of the manufacturers, due to the serious injuries they’ve suffered.
Women who are living with POP, stress urinary incontinence and other pelvic issues are now looking for alternatives to vaginal mesh, hoping to correct the condition and spare themselves the physical side effects of potentially disastrous vaginal mesh surgery.
What Are Some Alternatives to Vaginal Mesh Surgery?
Fortunately, many woman who have POP do not experience serious symptoms. Those who do have been advised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider alternatives to vaginal mesh surgery with their physicians. Some of those alternatives are non-invasive, such as performing Kegel exercises to strengthen and tighten the pelvic muscles; maintaining a healthy weight (POP is more common in overweight women); eating a diet high in fiber to avoid constipation; cutting back on caffeine-based drinks, which cause more frequent urination; and avoiding activities that put significant strain on the pelvic muscles such as heavy lifting and strenuous exercises.
When POP begins to impact a woman’s daily routine, preventing her from performing daily activities and enjoying her life, some type of intervention might become necessary. Treatment depends on how severely the pelvic organs have shifted, and how badly the condition has impacted the woman’s physical well-being. In some cases, a vaginal pessary, a removable device that is placed inside the vagina, is used to help keep organs in place. If the condition is chronic, other surgeries might help correct the condition. Those surgeries could include procedures to repair the the bladder, rectum or vaginal wall, closure of the vagina, or a hysterectomy, which is the complete removal of the reproductive organs. Given the fact that these are last-resort procedures, any lifestyle changes or non-surgical intervention would have to be declared unsuccessful for a woman to consider these options.
Women Should Consult with Their Physicians About Alternatives to Vaginal Mesh
There are hundreds of vaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in U.S. courts. The vaginal mesh situation has also begun receiving a great deal of attention in the media with many women coming forward to share their experiences and lawmakers attempting to pass legislation to improve the process medical devices must undergo in order to obtain approval by the FDA. Women who have been considering having vaginal mesh surgery should speak to their physicians about the pros and cons of the procedure, as well as viable alternatives that might help ease symptoms of POP.
The Rottenstein Law Group Can Help Women Injured by Vaginal Mesh
If you or someone you know has had surgery for pelvic organ prolapse or another type of pelvic surgery that involved the implantation of surgical mesh, and is experiencing symptoms consistent with malfunction, seek medical attention immediately. The next step is to contact an experienced vaginal mesh attorney to see whether you or the person you know has grounds to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
The attorneys at the Rottenstein Law Group have over 25 years of collective experience advocating for victims of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices, as well as other products liability claims. RLG is offering free, confidential legal consultations, and all you need to do is click on this link or call this number, 1-800-624-9567, and one of our vaginal mesh attorneys will call you as soon as possible.
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