Transvaginal Mesh – Understanding the Difference Between Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence

There are a variety of female pelvic health conditions that may require surgical intervention to treat.  Two very common health conditions that millions of women experience are pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).  Both of these conditions can be treated in various ways, and in the past ten to fifteen years, many women have been treated for POP and SUI with the use of transvaginal synthetic surgical mesh.  While there are treatment options available that do not require the use of mesh, transvaginal mesh products have often been the go-to option.

To have a better understanding of when synthetic mesh may be used to treat female pelvic health conditions, you should become familiar with what both POP and SUI are, and how mesh has been used to treat these conditions.  The statements below are simply for your information and should not be relied upon in place of speaking with your doctor.  If you have any questions about your health, you should direct those to a medical professional.

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)?

Pelvic organ prolapse or “POP” occurs when a woman’s pelvic organs begin to protrude or descent into the vagina.  Different types of POP include, but may not be limited to, (1) uterine prolapse, (2) apical vaginal prolapse, (3) anterior vaginal prolapse (cystocele), and (4) posterior vaginal prolapse (rectocele).  These conditions can certainly be debilitating for some women and may, in fact, be severe, requiring surgical intervention.  However, many women with POP do not suffer from significant symptoms that would require surgery to treat. 

A significant number of women have been treated with POP with the use of synthetic surgical mesh implanted transvaginally.  The purpose of this mesh is to hold the vaginal organs in place.  While the idea behind mesh was to help women and reduce or eliminate POP, mesh has proven to be a medical implant that has caused and continues to cause women to suffer pain, discomfort and other symptoms resulting from mesh.  Many of these symptoms are permanent and require constant treatment.

What is Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)?

Stress urinary incontinence or “SUI” is incontinence that occurs when a woman laughs, coughs, or sneezes.  SUI is fairly common even for younger women.  Many women decide to deal with SUI without any treatment if the condition is mild.  Ordinarily, SUI is not as severe as other types of incontinence but may require some women to use pads. 

There are surgical options available that help to reduce or eliminate SUI.  Some options do not include mesh, but instead use sutures and/or a woman’s tissue to create a “sling” that sits under the urethra.  Another more common surgical option is synthetic surgical mesh implanted transvaginally.  A strip of mesh is placed under the urethra to hold the urethra up, preventing leakage of urine when a woman laughs, coughs, or sneezes.

Like mesh used for POP, mesh used to treat SUI has resulted in numerous complications that have left women seriously injured both physically and emotionally.  As such, any woman suffering complications as a result of transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic and urinary conditions should consider contacting an attorney.

Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

Injuries resulting from transvaginal mesh products have left hundreds of thousands of women suffering all across Pennsylvania and the United States, and the injuries do not seem to be stopping anytime soon.  If you have experienced complications associated with your transvaginal mesh product, speaking with a qualified Pennsylvania Transvaginal Mesh Attorney will help you have a better understanding of whether or not you may be entitled to compensation.  At Cordisco & Saile, LLC, we continue to represent the rights of injured women who have suffered at the expense of defective medical devices.  To schedule your free consultation today to speak with one of our Pennsylvania Transvaginal Mesh Attorneys, contact our office by calling (215) 791-8911.  You may also complete an online form by going to our Contact Us page, and someone from our office will respond to your inquiry right away.