Surgical Mesh Alternatives
Written by Faith Anderson on December 24, 2014
Study Finds Muscle Training May Be As Effective as Vaginal Mesh Surgery
Women suffering from POP or SUI may be able to train their pelvic muscles to become stronger, avoiding the need for vaginal mesh surgery.
As the number of product liability lawsuits filed over injuries from vaginal mesh products continues to grow, new research suggests that pelvic floor muscle training may actually be an effective alternative to vaginal mesh surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP). In the study, published in the British Medical Journal on December 22, researchers from the Netherlands found that muscle training was beneficial for more than half of older women who had begun to exhibit signs of mild POP. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of vaginal mesh, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by potentially dangerous medical devices, and can put you in touch with an experienced vaginal mesh attorney today.
Debilitating Injuries from Vaginal Mesh Implants
Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition that occurs when the uterus, bladder, bowels or rectum drop and begin to push up against the walls of the vagina, typically caused by a weakening of the muscles holding the pelvic organs in place, due to surgery or childbirth. Although transvaginal mesh has become one of the most popular treatment methods for POP and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in recent years, many women who have received a vaginal mesh implant to support the pelvic organs have suffered severe and debilitating injuries when the mesh eroded through the vagina, causing infections and other complications.
Women May Be Able to Avoid Surgery for POP
According to the findings of this latest study, one potential treatment method for pelvic organ prolapse that deserves more attention is training the muscles that hold the pelvic organs in place to become stronger, possibly avoiding the need for vaginal mesh surgery altogether. The researchers involved in the study examined women ages 55 and older who experienced symptomatic mild prolapse, comparing the results for women who engaged in pelvic floor muscle training and women who did nothing to treat the condition. After three months, they looked for an alleviation of the POP symptoms, and found that more than half of the women who engaged in muscle training saw an improvement in the strength of their pelvic muscles.
Contact a Reputable Surgical Mesh Attorney Today
Ever since concerns first began to arise regarding the potential side effects of transvaginal mesh products back in 2008, doctors and researchers have been searching for other means of treating POP and SUI in women. At that time, the FDA reported that it had received hundreds of complaints involving complications associated with surgical mesh implants, and in 2011, investigators with the FDA reported that the use of transvaginal mesh to repair POP may provide no additional benefits over other treatment alternatives, like training the pelvic floor muscles to become stronger. If you received a vaginal mesh implant in the past, and you have since suffered a debilitating side effect like mesh erosion or infection, contact a qualified transvaginal mesh lawyer today for legal help.
[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Source: http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7378[/box]