Bard Avaulta mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is implanted along the walls of the vagina to help increase bladder control and provide comfort and relief from pain caused by certain medical conditions, including pelvic organ prolapse. 

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when one or more pelvic organs drop (prolapse) from the lower belly and push against the vaginal walls. Organs that can be involved in a pelvic organ prolapse include the:

  • bladder (the most common kind of pelvic organ prolapse)
  • urethra
  • uterus
  • vagina
  • small bowel
  • rectum

What Causes Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse is most often caused by strain during childbirth.

Normally the pelvic organs are kept in place by the muscles and tissues in the lower belly, but during childbirth, these muscles can get weak or become stretched. If the muscles don’t recover, they can no longer support the pelvic organs. Pelvic organ prolapse may also occur during or after surgery to remove the uterus (hysterectomy), because removing the uterus can sometimes leave other organs in the pelvis with less support.

Bard Avaulta Mesh FDA Advisory

In October 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a health advisory to patients and health practitioners about serious complications with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh, including Bard Avaulta mesh, to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. According to the FDA, the agency has received more than 1,000 reports from nine different surgical mesh manufacturers of complications associated with surgical mesh devices over the last three years.

The Bard Avaulta mesh complications most commonly reported to the FDA include erosion through the vaginal epithelium, infection, pain, urinary problems, and recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse and/or incontinence. Additional Bard Avaulta mesh complications, such as bowel, bladder and blood vessel perforation, may occur during insertion of the vaginal mesh.

Bard Avaulta Mesh Complications Attorney

If you or a loved one has experienced serious complications associated with Bard Avaulta mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Contact our law firm today for a free and confidential case evaluation from a qualified Bard Avaulta mesh lawyer.

Published November 17, 2011 by