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Avaulta Mesh Recall and Lawsuit FAQs

Transvaginal mesh (TV 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.

Q: What is Avaulta transvaginal mesh?

Manufactured by Bard, the Avaulta 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.

Q: Is there an Avaulta mesh recall?

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 TV meshes as high-risk products. Bard is also facing multiple lawsuits for injuries related to Avaulta mesh.

Q: What health risks are related to the use of Avaulta transvaginal mesh?

A number of serious health risks are associated with the use of Avaulta mesh, including:

  • Mesh erosion
  • Organ perforation
  • Infection
  • Urinary problems
  • Internal bleeding
  • Severe discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Scarring and shrinkage of the vaginal walls

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.

Q: Can I take legal action against the manufacturer?

Yes. Manufacturers may be held liable under products liability law. Generally, products must meet the ordinary expectations of their users. If a product has an unexpected defect that causes injuries to the user, the manufacturer may be held liable. Bard is currently involved in several lawsuits involving Avaulta mesh. The lawsuits allege that the Avaulta mesh caused severe injuries to the users. Injured users claim that Bard failed to adequately test their TV mesh products before putting them on the market.

Plaintiffs have also argued that Avaulta mesh had defective warnings. Under product liability law, manufacturers have a duty to warn consumers about any unexpected dangers associated with a product.  Recently, a jury found that Avaulta mesh had design defects and that Bard failed to provide adequate warnings about those defects. As a result, the plaintiff was awarded $2 million.

Q: How do I bring a lawsuit for my Avaulta mesh injuries?

Since products liability law varies from state to state, you should speak with an attorney in your area to learn more about your legal options. You should also periodically check the FDA recalls page to see if an Avaulta mesh recall has occurred.