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Vaginal prolapse is a painful condition generally experienced by women who have undergone a hysterectomy. To surgically repair this condition, surgeons implant a mesh patch to the pelvic floor, reinforcing the vaginal wall.

C.F. Bard, the manufacturer of Avaulta, got approval in 2008 from the FDA for a 501(k) application allowing them to fast-track their mesh patch for approval without the proper standard testing that these kinds of products need. As a result, patients reported severe injuries and symptoms related to the procedure, raising questions about the safety of this implant.

Some of the reported complications of Bard Avaulta patches include:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Urinary problems
  • Recurrence of vaginal wall prolapse
  • Fistulas
  • Bowel perforation
  • Bladder perforation

Goldblatt + Singer, the St. Louis Injury Law Firm Knows Bard Avaulta Mesh Lawsuits

The manufacturers of this product are quick to blame the surgeons who performed the procedure, but the experienced mesh lawsuit lawyers at Goldblatt + Singer will fight to get you compensation for the injuries caused by this defective product.

Bard Avaulta Patch Side Effects and Complications

Patients who had Bard Avaulta mesh implants for vaginal prolapse or pelvic prolapse have reported numerous side effects and post-operative complications, including:

  • Persistent pain. In some cases, patients struggled to get a diagnosis because the implant appeared to be functional, but ultimately it was found to have caused the discomfort. Pain may be caused by erosion or breaking down of the mesh, protrusion of the mesh, perforation of organs and tissues, or mesh migration to other areas of the body.
  • Painful sex. Some patients found that they could no longer enjoy sex due to pain caused by their implant.
  • Urinary incontinence. The mesh implant may protrude into, put pressure on, or perforate the bladder, causing painful urination, urgency, and incontinence.
  • Bowel or intestinal problems. Sometimes the mesh may migrate to nearby organs like the bowel or intestines, where it can cause perforations, inflammation, or infections.
  • Prolapse recurrence. If the vaginal mesh fails, breaks down, or migrates elsewhere, in addition to other pain and problems, the prolapse may recur, requiring another surgery.
  • Internal bleeding. If the mesh breaks down and punctures an organ or nearby tissue, the patient could suffer internal bleeding, often requiring surgery to correct it.
  • Infection. Some patients suffered serious infections as a result of their mesh implants.
  • Mesh migrating into the vaginal wall. In some situations, patients have experienced eroded mesh puncturing the vaginal wall, causing pain and bleeding.

What Are the Symptoms of Bard Avaulta Patch Complications?

If you’ve had a Bard Avaulta patch implanted to treat vaginal prolapse or urinary incontinence, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of potential complications. Sometimes these are misdiagnosed or overlooked by doctors, so if you have persistent symptoms with no diagnosis or relief, don’t give up on getting answers. You may need to specifically ask your doctor if there are tests they can do to check if your mesh implant is causing a problem.

Here are some potential signs of vaginal mesh complications to look out for:

  • Vaginal pain or discharge, or recurrent vaginal infections that keep coming back despite treatment.
  • Pain during sex. In some situations, your partner may experience pain during intercourse if the mesh is protruding into the vaginal wall. One woman with a defective mesh implant didn’t receive a diagnosis for her symptoms until her husband was scratched by the defective mesh.
  • Vaginal bleeding unrelated to menstruation.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Chronic pelvic pain with no known cause.
  • New or worsening incontinence or any kind of pain or discomfort during urination.

Bard Avaulta Patch Litigation

After scrutiny from the FDA, Bard ultimately discontinued several of its mesh implants, including the Bard Avaulta Plus Biosynthetic Support System and the Bard Avaulta Solo Support System. The company noted that it was simply stopping production rather than investing in further safety testing that the FDA had requested for the devices. They also settled many lawsuits, including several with jury awards of $5 million or more.

Call Goldblatt + Singer Today

If you or someone you love is suffering from vaginal prolapse or other complications due to a Bard Avaulta Patch surgery, contact Goldblatt + Singer, the St. Louis Injury Law Firm, for a risk-free consultation by visiting us online or calling 314-888-1000. We’ve recovered over $400 million for injured people since 1949.

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