Women across the U.S. who have been fitted with CR Bard’s Avaulta line of transvaginal mesh implants to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are at risk of suffering from complications that often result in the need to have an Avaulta mesh removal or revision procedure. As a result, many women are filing lawsuits against the manufacturer in an effort to recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and the medical expenses incurred as a result of these additional surgical procedures, rehabilitations and treatments.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently providing confidential case evaluations at no cost to women who believe they have a valid claim against CR Bard. If you have been fitted with an Avaulta mesh device or other implant manufactured by the company and you suffered from complications or required an Avaulta mesh removal procedure to relieve the pain you experienced, contact our experienced attorneys today.
Women Seek Avaulta Mesh Removal Following Complications
According to patients who have been fitted with CR Bard’s Avaulta line of transvaginal mesh implants, the devices may cause the following side effects:
- Erosion of the mesh into the vagina
- Urinary problems
- Hardening of the mesh
- Vaginal and pelvic pain
- Pain during intercourse
As a result, many women may require Avaulta mesh removal procedures to relieve the pain and side effects associated with the device. However, these implants are designed to allow tissue infiltration, which makes it complicated to remove the mesh from the body. Over time, the tissues grow around and into the mesh, so removing the mesh without damaging the surrounding organs and tissues is a delicate process that varies depending on each patietn’s circumstances. Mesh removal also poses a risk of hemorrhage, permanent disfigurement and other potentially life-threatening complications, and women are also at risk for experiencing the return of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
In transvaginal mesh removal procedures, physicians attempt to remove as much of the device as possible and repair the tissues that have been damaged. However, subsequent procedures may be necessary to correct the original incontinence, prolapse or other complications that occurred from mesh implantation. The amount of mesh that the surgeon will be able to remove may also depend on the type of implant or mesh that was used in the initial procedure.
Vaginal Mesh Treatment Options
Mesh erosion can be treated with a mesh removal procedure. Physicians may be able to perform such a surgery as an outpatient procedure if the mesh exposure is less than 5mm. In this procedure, the surgeon injects the affected area with a local anesthetic, and the physician removes the exposed device. In some cases, a woman can request the procedure to be performed in the operating room instead.
However, if the mesh exposure is larger than 5mm, inpatient surgery may be required to repair the affected tissues and remove the exposed mesh. Following the operation, the patient may be prescribed a vaginal estrogen to heal the tissue. In cases where a mesh removal procedure is unsuccessful, where the amount of mesh exposed is larger than 5mm or when the patient experiences chronic pain, fistula or infection, the patient may be required to undergo a second removal procedure.
Are You a Victim of Failed Mesh Implants? Contact Us Today
Have you undergone an Avaulta mesh removal procedure to rid your body of an allegedly defective transvaginal mesh implant after suffering from adverse complications? If so, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses.
If you received a mesh implant prior to July 13, 2011 and you subsequently underwent a revision procedure to remove the device or if you received a diagnosis from your healthcare provider that such a surgery is necessary, the attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP can help. Please fill out our case review form on this page or call us at (888) 217-3033 for a free, no-obligation consultation and to determine whether you have a valid claim. We will be in touch with you shortly.