Each year, more than 200,000 women undergo surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
Pelvic organ prolapse is a medical condition that occurs when the normal support of the vagina is lost, resulting in sagging or dropping of the bladder, urethra, cervix and rectum. As the prolapse of the vagina and uterus progresses, women can feel bulging tissue protruding through the opening of the vagina.
Treatment for POP includes the following: (1) use of a pessary (a small plastic or silicone medical device inserted into the vagina or rectum and held in place by the pelvic floor musculature); (2) surgery, or (3) waiting it out.
Many women who elect surgery have received transvaginal mesh implants in their pelvic areas to correct POP. However, FDA recently issued a warning for women who have had surgical mesh placement through the vagina to repair pelvic organ prolapse. FDA is warning that women who have had the surgical placement of mesh may be exposed to greater risks than other surgical options.
The Bard Avaulta Anterior and Posterior Biosynthetic Support System, also commonly referred to as the "Bard Avaulta System", or the "Bard Avaulta Mesh Insert" is a vaginal mesh created by C.R. Bard to correct and restore normal vaginal structure after a pelvic organ prolapse. However, despite its intended use, the Bard Avaulta System has caused serious complications. Many women treated with the Bard Avaulta system have indicated that defects in the design of the vaginal mesh caused them to suffer severe injuries and complications after surgery.
Women who have experienced problems with the Bard Avaulta Mesh Insert have experienced the following symptoms:
-Difficulty during sex after vaginal surgery;
-Erosion of the mesh into the vagina;
-Injury to nearby organs; and
-Hardening of the vaginal mesh.
The Bard Avaulta system design mesh implant is designed to allow tissue infiltration. Notwithstanding its intended purpose, the Bard Avaulta design is in fact dangerous and is complicated to remove. As a result, a woman who has had the Bard Avaulta mesh implant can have life changing problems and irreversible effects. Women who experience complications with the Bard Avaulta mesh placement often require several surgeries with results in scarring and continuous pain.
For these and many others reasons, the law firm of Childers, Schlueter and Smith, LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia continues to review and investigate potential Bard Avaulta mesh cases across the country. Initial Bard Avaulta case consultations are free of charge. All inquiries are completely confidential and will be discretely discussed with a trained attorney.