Transvaginal Mesh products from a number of manufacturers have caused complication in women after having surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence. Of the manufacturers that have seen Transvaginal Mesh lawsuits filed against them is C.R. Bard Inc. They manufacture a number of Transvaginal Mesh products that include the Avaulta Plus, Avaulta Solo, and Avaulta Biosynthetic. These mesh products are implanted in the back or front of the vagina to support fallen pelvic organs.
In 2008, the FDA had received over 1,000 reports that Transvaginal Mesh, including the products manufactured by Bard, had been connected to a number of complications that women were experiencing. Those complications included bone and hip infections, pain in the pelvic area, pain during sexual intercourse, fecal and urinary incontinence, or puncture of organs or blood vessels during the surgery.
C. R. Bard Inc. manufactures eight mesh and sling products meant to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Those products include:
- Avaulta Biosynthetic – Mesh with hydrophilic collage coating
- Avaulta Plus Biosynthetic – Mesh support with crosslinked collagen on one side
- Avaulta Solo – Mesh with no additives
- Pelvicol – Contains crosslinked porcine collagen
- Pelvitex – Knitted and also contains crosslinked porcine collagen
- Pelvisoft – biomesh that is made of natural tissue, but is porous like synthetic mesh
- Uretex – Provides urethral support and is made of tension-free polypropylene
- Pelvilace – A natural tissue sling that is self-anchoring and is combined with Pelvicol acellular porcine collagen
The belief is that these and other Transvaginal Mesh products were not completely researched, tested, and didn’t undergo the necessary clinical tests. Due to not undergoing the proper trials, the complications were unknown. Unknown complications mean that women could not be notified of the exact risks so that they could compare their options.
Bard Avaulta Side Effects
The side effects associated with Bard Avaulta and other mesh brands include pain, infection, erosion through the vagina, urinary problems, and the recurrence of incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.
There are other Transvaginal Mesh side effects that have been known to occur and they include bladder, bowel, and blood vessel perforation. The treatment may involve additional surgery, which can be painful. There are cases in which women have had to have their pelvic region rebuilt to repair the damage done and to correct the problem that initially led to the mesh needing to be implanted in the first place. The recovery can be very painful and multiple surgeries could be required to fix the problem.
Contacting A Transvaginal Mesh Injury Attorney
Many women are contacting attorneys to talk about their legal rights. The belief is that women should have been warned about the complications before undergoing the surgery. Due to the suspected lack of testing that was the responsibility of the manufacturers, those complications were not known. This kept women from being able to make informed decisions about their health. If you feel that you or a loved one were deprived the right to make an informed decision, call us at 1-800-732-3070 to schedule a free case evaluation