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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hey, Ladies: Never have children, age

Three women have filed suits in U.S. District Court in Atlanta against the manufacturer of a transvaginal mesh implant called Avaulta. Why does one need a transvaginal mesh implant? One of the complainants, Cindy Cowan of Marietta, explains: “In layman’s terms, my bladder was falling out.”

Here's more from the AJC:

It’s almost as if their bodies have become their enemies.

After having children and as they aged, organs shifted and some dropped so much that these women could feel them moving.

A mesh implant was marketed as a solution for supporting a bladder, uterus, vagina or rectum that has moved — a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse.

But, the women say, the fix has been more painful than the condition that initially led them to surgery.

Athens-based attorney Henry Garrard has filed suits for 85 women in 33 states and Canada who say they have been in "intractable pain" since getting the implant (Garrard says, “The mesh appears to be moving from where it was originally put. It curls, tearing nerves and doing significant damage"). Which means one thing: this happens kind of a lot. Women have kids, get older, their internal organs start falling out, and they have to get some horrifying surgery to keep everything inside. I'm sewing all my holes shut as we speak.

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