Women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse often undergo surgery to prevent abdominal organs from dropping down into their vagina and/or rectum. Unfortunately, pelvic organ prolapse surgery recovery can be prolonged or complicated when transvaginal mesh implants are used. Women who suffer transvaginal mesh complications may face chronic pain, permanent prolapse, and more.
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What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) occurs when stretched ligaments and muscles in the center of the pelvis allow abdominal organs to drop down into the vagina and/or rectum. POP can be caused by multiple vaginal deliveries, vaginal lacerations or episiotomies, aging, menopause, genetics, or excessive strain on pelvic tissues.
The most common symptom of pelvic organ prolapse is a feeling of pressure and pain in the vagina. In severe cases, POP can cause problems with urination and bowel movements, sexual dysfunction, and embarrassment. The prolapsed tissue can also protrude outside the body and cause debilitating pain, bleeding, and other complications.
Types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery
There are many type of pelvic organ prolapse surgery, including:
- Open abdominal surgery: This surgery uses large abdominal incisions to repair muscles in the pelvic floor. It has a longer recovery time, more complications, and more pain compared to other surgeries, which is why it is not used unless other techniques are not possible.
- Laparoscopic prolapse surgery: This is the preferred pelvic organ prolapse surgery, when possible. It uses minimally-invasive, 1-2 cm incisions in the abdomen and/or vagina to repair the pelvic floor.
- Transvaginal mesh in prolapse surgery: This surgery implants surgical mesh under the pelvic floor, similar to a “hammock.” Unfortunately, thousands of women have been seriously, permanent injured, and they will never recover from chronic pain, disfigurement, and other complications.
- Robotic surgery: The Da Vinci Surgical Robot is marketed as a way to improve pelvic organ prolapse surgery recovery time. However, the evidence behind this is not clear, and many lawsuits have been filed by women who were injured.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery Recovery
Pelvic organ prolapse surgery recovery depends on many factors, including the type of surgery, the severity of the prolapse, and more. This surgery is a “major surgery” and should not be taken lightly.
Hospital time varies from one to four days, depending on the extent of the surgery and when the patient is able to urinate. Gauze will be placed in the vagina for the first 24 hours, and the stitches in the vagina may bleed for a few days. Urinary problems are a common complication, and a woman may need a catheter for up to one week. Pain medication is often necessary for up to two weeks after surgery. Vaginal discharge is also normal, but if it is smelly or heavy, it should be evaluated as a possible symptom of an infection.
Pelvic organ prolapse surgery recovery time:
- Cystocele and rectocele repair: Usually done in an outpatient setting, with a 2-3 week recovery time.
- Uterine prolapse: Recovery time of 2-6 weeks.
- Vaginal vault prolapse: Recovery time of 6 weeks or more.
Activities must be restricted for up to three months during pelvic organ prolapse surgery recovery. Heavy lifting must be avoided — including shopping bags, laundry, children, and weights heavier than a gallon of milk. It will also be necessary to rest as much as possible, avoid standing for long periods of time, and avoid sports or exercise. Abstaining from sexual intercourse will be necessary for six weeks.
Need to file a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in pelvic organ prolapse surgery lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.
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