An Athens firm with which I'm working was mentioned in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week regarding lawsuits involving the transvaginal mesh support system made by Bard Avaulta. The company marketed a mesh system to help women whose pelvic organs had shifted and dropped due to multiple childbirths and age. The mesh system was to help bladder leakage and other persistent quality-of-life problems caused by sagging pelvic organs (pelvic organ prolapse). The mesh, a seemingly perfect and permanent solution, has instead caused pain and unexpected surgeries for numerous women around the country.
The transvaginal mesh was designed to be permanent with arms that would attach and safely stay in place when the body's tissue grew over them. The middle of the mesh would support the pelvic organ or organs, such as the uterus, bladder, rectum or vagina. Instead of staying in place as designed, the mesh will frequently move. When a surgeon goes into the pelvis to remove the migrated center portion of the mesh, the arms of the mesh cannot be removed due to scar tissue. The result is unrelenting pelvic pain and in some cases, multiple surgeries. Some women require pelvic reconstruction surgery as well. Women have reported that their lives have changed dramatically from the chronic pain and they can no longer have intercourse with their partners.
The Avaulta vaginal mesh was allowed on the market by the FDA in 2005 but in October 2008 and February 2009, the FDA issued warnings about complications from the mesh implanted to help pelvic organ prolapse.
If you or someone you know in the Atlanta area or in Georgia has had problems with a transvaginal mesh, has had mesh implant removal surgery or is considering mesh implant removal surgery, insist that the hospital preserves the mesh and
the product implant sticker for proper identification.
Please feel free to call me
or Blasingame, Burch, Gerrard & Ashley, P.C. in Athens for more information and a consultation.