Every year, about 300,000 women in the United States undergo surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition in which age, childbirth, and other factors weaken the muscles that keep the pelvic organs (uterus, bladder, and bowel) in place, causing them to sag and protrude into the vagina. To correct POP and incontinence problems, a growing number of surgeons are using transvaginal mesh, devices designed to shore up the pelvic muscles and provide an alternative to conventional surgical methods that repair the muscle. In 2010, nearly 80,000 women were implanted with transvaginal mesh. But not all surgeons think that ... Read More
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