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Bard Avaulta Mesh and Surgical Mesh Infection

Written by Faith Anderson on September 27, 2011
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Bard Avaulta Mesh and Surgical Mesh Infection

Bard Avaulta lawsuits are being investigated by attorneys researching the claim they cause major infections

C.R. Bard Inc.’s Bard Avaulta surgical mesh device has become the subject of significant scrutiny recently, due to data suggesting the product may be linked to serious side effects like surgical mesh infection. Bard Avaulta mesh was developed as a treatment for women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), two debilitating conditions often resulting from childbirth or surgery. In women with POP, the pelvic organs slip out of place and put pressure on the vagina, which can cause severe pain and sometimes urinary incontinence. SUI is a leakage of urine during moments of physical activity, like coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising. Although Bard Avaulta mesh was designed to effectively repair POP and SUI, the side effects potentially linked to the medical device may be severe enough to outweigh any possible benefits of the product. If you have received a Bard Avaulta mesh implant and have since suffered from a surgical mesh infection side effect, contact a Bard Avaulta mesh attorney for legal help.

Surgical Mesh Infection Symptoms

Surgical mesh infection can occur if surgical mesh devices like Bard Avaulta mesh erode into the vagina, bladder or urethra. If surgical mesh erosion occurs, it can lead to surgical mesh infection and other dangerous side effects. Common symptoms of surgical mesh infection include:

  • Generalized pain
  • Vaginal pain and bleeding
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Malodorous vaginal discharge
  • Chronic bladder infections

Surgical Mesh Infection Treatment and Complications

Women who suffer from surgical mesh infection resulting from erosion of surgical mesh may require additional surgery, often to remove the defective mesh. Unfortunately, surgical mesh devices like Bard Avaulta mesh are typically designed to allow for tissue infiltration, which makes it extremely dangerous to remove. In fact, surgery to remove transvaginal surgical mesh puts women at risk of suffering devastating injuries, including hemorrhage, scarring of the pelvic tissues and muscles, permanent disfigurement, and other life-altering complications. Other surgical mesh infection treatments include blood transfusions and IV therapy.

FDA Warnings for Bard Avaulta Mesh Side Effects

The FDA issued a public health advisory in 2008 warning patients and healthcare professionals about the complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. According to the FDA warning, the agency had received over 1,000 reports over the previous three years alone from nine surgical mesh manufacturers regarding complications associated with surgical mesh devices like Bard Avaulta mesh. The most common complications included surgical mesh erosion through the vaginal epithelium, surgical mesh infection, urinary problems, pain, and recurrence of POP or SUI.

In July 2011, the FDA issued a safety communication updating the public about the serious complications associated with surgical mesh devices like Bard Avaulta mesh. According to the FDA warning, the large number of adverse events reported to the agency has led the FDA to identify surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP as an area of continuing serious concern. The FDA issued the most recent update to notify physicians and patients that the serious complications associated with surgical mesh, including surgical mesh infection, are not rare. Furthermore, the agency indicated that 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.

Contact a Bard Avaulta Mesh Attorney for Help

Consumers rely on product manufacturing companies like C.R. Bard Inc. to manufacture and distribute products for consumer use that are safe and unlikely to cause any unnecessary harm. Unfortunately, some product manufacturing companies intentionally conceal the more serious side effects of their consumer products in order to make them more appealing to the public. This deceptive practice exposes millions of consumers to severe side effects, which could have been avoided had the manufacturing company taken the appropriate steps to avoid unnecessary harm. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous consumer product, and you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. With the help of an experienced Bard Avaulta mesh attorney, victims of Bard Avaulta mesh side effects can protect their rights and hold the allegedly negligent manufacturer liable for their injuries.

Posted Under: Bard Avaulta Mesh, Medical Products
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