Pelvic Organ Prolapse / Bladder Slings


Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a condition that occurs when the muscles and ligaments that hold a woman’s organs in place loosen and become weak, allowing the organs to slip out of place or prolapse. Age, gravity, loss of muscle tone and child birth can all gang up to cause women to suffer from this common condition. It is also very common after an operation such as a hysterectomy where the organs of the abdomen are being moved and displaced.

In the past, doctors — typically a gynecologist or urologist — would fix this problem through a surgery in which the organs are repositioned and secured to surrounding tissues. It was a fairly benign surgery with low complication rates and rapid and full recoveries. That is, until large corporations thought they could get into the game and make some money.

Recently, major corporations such as J&J/Ethicon, Bard, AMS and Boston Scientific began marketing a synthetic product known as transvaginal mesh to doctors and telling them it was a safe and better way to do the surgery they had been doing successfully for years. They convinced the medical community by telling them that the operations could be done quicker, they could do more per day and their patients would have equal or better outcomes.

The doctors bit the bait and began using this surgical mesh to correct pelvic organ prolapse as well as stress urinary incontinence. See this description of the procedure by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A condition that had been previously treated with simple surgery was now being treated with surgery and the implantation of surgical mesh due to the aggressive marketing of these companies.

Our bodies tend to not like any foreign body or device that is implanted. Our bodies perceive these as a threat resulting in an infectious and inflammatory response. Compounding the problem is the fact that the human abdomen is an incredibly dynamic part of our body and does not do well with a rigid mesh.

Many women who have had this surgical mesh implanted in their bodies report having the following symptoms:

  • Unrelenting pain
  • Infection
  • Mesh erosion into abdominal cavities
  • Recurrence of prolapse or incontinence
  • Bowel or bladder perforation
  • Sexual dysfunction and inability to engage in sexual intercourse

Have you suffered from any of these negative outcomes after surgery for pelvic organ prolapse surgery? You may have required additional surgery or other costly medical remedies. You may have lost time off work and income. You may be experiencing ongoing complications and pain. Discuss your concerns — and suspicions — with one of our knowledgeable St. Louis pelvic organ prolapse and erosion injury lawyers. If we can demonstrate on your behalf that a medical device manufacturer or health care provider failed to warn you or was otherwise negligent, we may succeed at recovering compensation for you.

Contact an attorney at the law offices of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard, P.C., to discuss your options if you have experienced complications associated with implantation of a bladder sling.

Springfield Bladder Sling Failure Attorneys

At the law firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard in St. Louis, we represent people who have been injured by the negligence or misconduct of others.

Founded in 1976, our firm combines the talents of four highly skilled trial lawyers, each of whom has received the highest possible AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. We handle cases throughout Missouri and southern Illinois. For a free consultation about a dangerous medical device case, contact our firm.

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