The pelvic prolapse surgery recovery time varies depending on the type of surgery and the individual. Hospitalization may be necessary for up to five days, time off work may be 4-6 weeks, and total recovery time is usually about three months. However, women who choose to have vaginal mesh in pelvic prolapse surgery can have long-term complications and prolonged recovery.
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What is Pelvic Prolapse Surgery?
Pelvic prolapse surgery is a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse (POP). This common condition affects hundreds of thousands of women, usually due to multiple childbirths or menopause. It occurs when weakened, stretched muscles in the center of the pelvis allow abdominal organs to drop down into the vagina or rectum. In severe cases, prolapsed tissue may protrude outside the body. It can be very uncomfortable, embarrassing, and debilitating.
Before the 1990s, pelvic prolapse surgery was performed without mesh, slings, or tape. The operation was called a retropubic suspension. Surgeons used minimally-invasive laparoscopic incisions in the vagina and abdomen to tighten muscles in the pelvis. Open surgeries using large abdominal incisions were also used.
The first time mesh was used in pelvic prolapse surgery was in 1996, when Boston Scientific developed the ProteGen mesh. Although the ProteGen was recalled in 1999, dozens of similar meshes and slings were approved with very similar designs. Some of these have been withdrawn from the market. Others continue to be implanted in women who have no idea about the devastating risk of complications.
Pelvic Prolapse Surgery Recovery
Pelvic prolapse surgery recovery time varies depending on the individual and the type of surgery. The recovery time for laparoscopic surgery and vaginal mesh surgery is usually about the same. Open abdominal surgery has a longer recovery time and more pain. Total recovery time in which activities are limited may be up to three months.
Most women stay in the hospital for one to five days, until they are feeling better and can urinate without a problem. However, some women go home on the same day as the procedure or the next day. Gauze is placed in the vagina for the first 24 hours, and the stitches in the vagina may bleed for the first few days. Vaginal discharge is expected for up to four weeks, but if it is smelly or heavy, it should be evaluated as a possible symptom of infection.
It is common to have problems urinating, and some women go home with a catheter in place for up to one week. Pain is a common complication that should subside within a few weeks. If it does not, patients should contact a doctor because it could be a sign of a far more serious complication.
Tips for optimal surgery recovery:
- Drink plenty of water and avoid constipation
- Keep activities light and easy
- Rest as much as possible and avoid standing for long periods
- Avoid heavy lifting, including shopping bags, children, and laundry baskets
- Avoid sports, swimming, running, or jumping
- Do not remove stitches
- Abstain from sexual intercourse for six weeks
- Do not drive until you can comfortably wear a seatbelt
- Contact a doctor if you experience complications or have questions
FDA Warning for Pelvic Prolapse Surgery with Mesh
In 2008 and 2011, the FDA published a Safety Communication to warn about the risks associated with pelvic prolapse surgery with mesh:
“Serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare. … Furthermore, it is not clear that transvaginal POP repair with mesh is more effective than traditional non-mesh repair in all patients with POP and it may expose patients to greater risk.”
Complications of Pelvic Prolapse Surgery
Pelvic prolapse surgery complications include:
- Erosion of the mesh into tissues
- Severe pain
- Vaginal discharge
- Perforation of the rectum or bladder
- Laceration of the uterus
- Vaginal dehiscence
- Urinary incontinence
- Problems urinating
- Recurrent prolapse
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Complications of anesthesia
- Blood transfusion
- Blood clots, which may travel to the lungs)
- Need for additional surgery
- And more
Do I Have a Pelvic Prolapse Surgery 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 prolapse surgery lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.
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