TransVaginal Mesh is a surgical material used to treat women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. Avaulta, a popular brand of TransVaginal Mesh, has been linked to serious health problems. As a result, many patients have filed lawsuits over injuries related to the mesh. An Avaulta mesh recall may be on the horizon as well.
Avaulta’s TransVaginal Mesh a Manufactured by Bard, the TransVaginal Mesh is a woven material that is inserted in the vaginal wall to reinforce the wall’s structure. The mesh is often used to treat patients suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Pelvic organ prolapse is typically caused by damage and stretching of the tissues that keep the pelvic organs in place. POP is often seen in women who have had vaginal births. For patients with POP, the Avaulta mesh helps prevent the pelvic organs from moving out of place. For patients with SUI, on the other hand, the mesh helps support the pelvic muscles and prevent urine leakage caused by sneezing, exercising, coughing, and laughing.
Although Bard has not issued an Avaulta mesh recall, the manufacturer has stopped selling its Avaulta Plus mesh products. Similarly, other manufacturers, such as Johnson & Johnson, have pulled their TransVaginal mesh products from the market. Bard discontinued Avaulta mesh after the product was linked to several serious health risks.
The FDA found that the dangers associated with using TV mesh could outweigh the benefits of the product. Based on the reported side effects, the FDA also considered classifying TransVaginal Meshes as high-risk products. Bard is also facing multiple lawsuits for injuries related to Avaulta mesh.
A number of serious health risks are associated with the use of Avaulta mesh, include but are not limited to:
The most commonly reported complications are mesh erosion and organ perforation. Mesh erosion causes the implanted mesh to fall apart soon after the surgery. This process can leave behind mesh particles that become entangled in the tissue. Painful and extensive surgical procedures are required to remove these particles. In addition, sharp mesh fragments can cut and puncture organs near the implant, causing internal bleeding and severe infections.
Many of these problems require further surgical and medical procedures to treat. You should talk to your doctor if you believe you’re experiencing complications.