UNITED KINGDOM — The British Medical Journal December publication found that pelvic muscle training is an effective alternative to using transvaginal mesh post-surgery.

Specifics of the Study

Researchers studied women over the age of 55 who were suffering from mild prolapse. Pelvic prolapse is a condition where the muscles in the pelvis weaken to the point where the organs may fall through or the patient suffers from incontinence, pain, and sexual difficulty.

The study looked at 287 women who underwent mindful pelvic floor muscle training. Of the participants in the pelvic muscle floor training group, more than half of the women (57 percent) reported an improvement in overall symptoms three months after the start of the pelvic muscle training. They also reported an overall improvement in the quality of life, sexual function, muscle function, and degree of prolapse.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is a painful condition that affects many women, particularly those who have had a hysterectomy, myomectomy, or other pelvic-region procedures. The prolapse itself refers to the when the muscles of the pelvic floor are so weak that the uterus, intestines, bowel, and bladder fall to the bottom. This condition is extremely painful and can result in lifelong health issues.

The typical method of treating pelvic organ prolapse is by implanting transvaginal mesh – a synthetic surgical netting that is meant to support the weakened muscles. Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh has been found to be extremely dangerous to women’s health. The mesh has been found to erode or break off into pieces. The result is infections, painful sexual dysfunction, organ and bowel perforation, tissue scarring, incontinence, and chronic pain.

The FDA has issued various safety communications on the use of surgical mesh and its complications. While no recall has been issued, thousands of women suffering from the complications have successfully pursued litigation. Major manufacturer Boston Scientific was ordered to pay $45.2 million to eight women suffering injuries from its transvaginal mesh and another court ordered Boston Scientific to pay $73 million. Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a woman $3.27 million and C.R. Bard received similar orders in August.

While the publication presents preliminary results and more research needs to be done, it is a promising step in providing women with an alternative solution to fighting pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic muscle exercises and targeted training is an easier option than invasive and potentially harmful surgery.

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