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Sam's Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Transvaginal Mesh as Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is the failure of the support structures in the vagina to keep the uterus, bladder, rectum and/or vagina in place. The common symptoms associated with POP are as follows: 

- sensation of bulge
- difficulty with bladder or bladder function
- pain
- painful intercouse

Women with POP often undergo surgery to improve their condition. The majority of women with prolapse referred for the procedure of mesh insertion respond well to this treatment. Transvaginal mesh (TVM) was developed to prevent organs located near a woman's pelvis from descending into the vaginal area when pelvic walls are greatly weakened. 

It is surgically stretched across the vaginal wall to help hold the weakened structure of the vaginal walls. If the tissue are damaged, it can result to further medical conditions as it causes causes various forms of bladder incontinence and result in lower abdominal organs to fall into the abdominal cavity. The purpose of implanting a mesh is the help prevent some of these problems, as well as helping women to live a normal life. 

TVM are beneficial in offering relief to women with POP but it became popular due to product manufacturers and medical professionals believing that using mesh had higher treatment rate than other treatment options. However, a number of reports have been collected by the FDA about the complication caused by vaginal meshes, in a few cases of serious nature, leading to further medical conditions. Mesh exposure, pain, sexual problems, mesh erosion and occasionally injury to nearby organs such as the bladder or bowel are some of the most commonly reported complications of vaginal mesh.