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Bard Avaulta Mesh and Surgical Mesh Erosion

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

Recent FDA warnings have raised serious concerns about the safety of surgical mesh devices like Bard Avaulta mesh, due to information about severe side effects like surgical mesh erosion. Product manufacturing company C.R. Bard developed Bard Avaulta mesh as a treatment for women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), two conditions which sometimes result from childbirth or surgery. In women with POP, one or more pelvic organs fall out of place and put pressure on the vagina, which can lead to pain and urinary incontinence. SUI is characterized by the leakage of urine during moments of physical activity, including sneezing, laughing, coughing and exercising. Unfortunately, research has indicated that the potential surgical mesh erosion risks associated with Bard Avaulta mesh may be severe enough to outweigh any possible benefits of the treatment. If you received a Bard Avaulta mesh implant and have since suffered from surgical mesh erosion, contact a Bard Avaulta mesh attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse.

Surgical Mesh Erosion Symptoms and Treatment

In some women who receive transvaginal placement of surgical mesh to repair POP or SUI, the mesh may erode into the vagina, urethra or bladder. Surgical mesh erosion is particularly dangerous because it can lead to surgical mesh infection and other life-altering complications. Some women suffering from surgical mesh erosion may require additional surgery to remove the defective mesh. Unfortunately, because surgical mesh devices like Bard Avaulta mesh are designed to allow for tissue infiltration, removal of the mesh can have devastating consequences. Women who undergo surgery to remove surgical mesh may suffer from life-altering side effects like permanent disfigurement, hemorrhage, or scarring of the pelvic tissue and muscles.

FDA Warnings Regarding Bard Avaulta Mesh

In 2008, the FDA issued a safety announcement alerting the public about the potential mesh erosion complications of surgical mesh devices like Bard Avaulta mesh. According to the FDA warning, over the previous three years, the agency had received over 1,000 reports from nine surgical mesh manufacturers of complications associated with surgical mesh devices used to repair POP and SUI. The most frequent complications included erosion of the mesh through the vaginal epithelium, surgical mesh infection, urinary problems, pain and recurrence of incontinence or prolapse. In July 2011, the FDA issued an updated notice warning patients and healthcare providers that the serious complications associated with surgical mesh products like Bard Avaulta mesh are not rare. Furthermore, the FDA warned 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 may actually expose patients to greater risk.

Legal Help for Victims of Surgical Mesh Erosion

Due to the severity of the side effects potentially linked to Bard Avaulta mesh, including surgical mesh erosion, the FDA has advised physicians to obtain specialized training for each mesh placement technique, and to be aware of its risks. The agency also recommends that physicians be vigilant for potential adverse effects of the mesh, especially surgical mesh erosion and infection, and to adequately inform patients of these risks. If you or a loved one has suffered from a surgical mesh erosion side effect which you believe to be linked to Bard Avaulta mesh, contact a Bard Avaulta mesh attorney for legal help. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing a Bard Avaulta mesh lawsuit against C.R. Bard Inc. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a faulty consumer product. By hiring an experienced Bard Avaulta mesh lawyer to represent your case, you can protect your rights and collect the compensation you deserve.

Posted Under: Bard Avaulta Mesh, Medical Products
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