Surgical mesh has widespread use in reconstructive surgery and the treatment of hernias, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence. Manufacturers design products with various shapes and sizes to meet the specific purpose of the mesh. For instance, transvaginal mesh (TVM) can be shaped like a sling or hammock to securely hold a dropped organ in place.
Many older women experience POP and, for most, the symptoms are mild. However, if the muscles and ligaments holding the uterus, bladder, and bowel are too weak, these organs can shift out of position, causing pain, incontinence or constipation. If the uterus ends up dropping into the vagina, sexual intercourse can be painful. Risk factors for uterine prolapse include:
- Giving birth to a large baby
- Loss of muscle tone with age
- Chronic constipation
Treatment for prolapsed uterus depends on the severity. Nonsurgical remedies include exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles, use of a vaginal insert or hormone therapy. Surgical options include hysterectomy, reattaching ligaments to hold the uterus in place or surgically attaching a mesh sling. This mesh can be placed through an abdominal incision or introduced transvaginally.
The TVM procedure was preferred by many doctors until it became clear that it posed a greater risk of severe complications with few apparent benefits over traditional surgery. Unfortunately, thousands of women had TVM implants before these warnings were made public.
If you have serious TVM-related complications, you may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses and pain and suffering. Phillips Law Offices has successfully represented women in Chicago who were harmed after treatment with TVM. Contact us today to make your appointment.