Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when one or more of the following pelvic organs drop (prolapse) from the normal position in the lower belly and push against the vaginal walls:
- bladder (the most common kind of pelvic organ prolapse)
- small bowel
Pelvic organ prolapse is most often caused by strain during childbirth. Normally the pelvic organs are kept in place by the muscles and tissues in the lower belly, but during childbirth, these muscles can get weak or become stretched. If the muscles do not recover, they can no longer support the pelvic organs. Pelvic organ prolapse may also occur during or after surgery to remove the uterus (hysterectomy), because removing the uterus can sometimes leave other organs in the pelvis with less support.
Bard Avaulta mesh, which is sometimes used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, has recently been linked to a number of serious and life-threatening complications. If you or a loved one were implanted with Bard Avaulta mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse and experienced a serious complication, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.