The Two Primary Pelvic Organs Prone to Prolapse
After the leading mesh device manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and C.R. Bard were ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct investigations on vaginal mesh safety, compliance became their only response. Organizations promoting women’s health, however, believe that this action (although promising) is still not enough.
It has been four years since the FDA announced its first safety communication regarding the after-effects of mesh materials when vaginally implanted. These devices have been increasingly used in gynecologic clinics not only in the United States but also in some of the highly developed nations of the world. Doctors believe that if precautions were taken seriously during the procedure and in the recovery period, early complications may be prevented. The possibility of the prolapse to recur is rather high, but it may be delayed or avoided if proper exercises and other healthy practices are carried out every day throughout the patient’s lifetime.
The pelvic organs are enclosed safely in the pelvic cavity. Because of the bony pelvis to which these organs rest, they are somewhat protected to a great degree. But when exposed to unfriendly circumstances like pelvic fractures, birth injuries, hormonal fluctuations, and innate disorders that have gradually evolved, the organs within this protective structure may easily prolapse and lead to abnormal functioning of the organs involved.
Normally, more than one pelvic organ may shift at the same time, but the most prone to this abnormal displacement is the bladder. This type of prolapse is primarily caused by the muscular changes to the vaginal wall brought by a difficult vaginal delivery. Older women and those who encountered complicated childbirths are the mostly affected.
The second-most likely to prolapse is the uterus. This downward shift of the womb may be predisposed by the physiological effects of pregnancy and ageing. Loss of muscle tone in women who have just gone through menopause is one of its main causes. Additionally, even younger women with underlying conditions in which depletion of estrogen is present are also exposed to this muscle-weakening disease.
With all the complexities in a woman’s life, problems like these are hardly even noticeable until apparent changes to one’s quality of life start showing up. This has been women’s usual reaction to every health threat that comes. Women may have to start dealing with these problems seriously, and keep in mind that battling against big product companies through a vaginal mesh lawsuit will never be enough to undo the damages these devices may cause.