On July 13, 2011, the FDA issued a notice warning patients and healthcare providers of the potential dangers of transvaginal mesh implants used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. Vaginal mesh implants such as the C.R. Bard vaginal sling products such as the Uretex Self-Anchoring Urethral Support System and the Uretex TO Trans-Obturator Urethral Support System, have been linked with serious complications and high rates of failure. Injuries and complications related to an Uretex transvaginal mesh implant can result in:
- Chronic pain
- Vaginal infection
- Recurrent POP or SUI
- Urinary problems
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Vaginal scarring/shrinkage
Use of Uretex Transvaginal Mesh in Pelvic Surgery
Traditional surgeries used to treat SUI relied primarily on sutures that reinforced the weakened muscles and ligaments holding the bladder and urethra. Since the 90s, surgeons began to implement surgical mesh in urogynecologic procedures, due to the belief that the mesh provided additional support and security that could prevent a recurrence of POP or SUI conditions. However, according to the latest FDA alert concerning transvaginal placement of surgical mesh sling, there is no clinical evidence demonstrating that mesh implants are more effective than non-mesh surgeries. Further analysis of injury reports and medical literature revealed that patients who received vaginal sling implants faced higher risks of complications due to factors particular to mesh surgeries.
C.R. Bard Liability Issues
More than 200,000 women receive surgical treatment for POP each year, and an additional 135,000 women with SUI will undergo surgery to correct incontinence. Although not all surgeons have adopted the use of a transvaginal surgery, thousands of women have received a Uretex implants and dozens are pressing for compensation. All medical device manufacturers are responsible for providing patients with safe and effective devices that help improve the quality of the patients’ lives. But C.R. Bard failed to conduct any safety tests before marketing their Uretex devices to healthcare providers and patients as a safe and effective form of alternative treatment.
Filing a C.R. Bard Uretex Vaginal Sling Lawsuit
If you have experienced serious complications or side effects after receiving a Uretex urethral support system, please contact a professional transvaginal mesh injury lawyer to discuss your eligibility to file a lawsuit. More than 600 women have already filed lawsuits against C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson, and other medical device manufacturing companies, seeking reparations for damages pertaining to their transvaginal mesh implant injuries. A skilled attorney can help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries, including damages such as:
- Revision surgery costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Spousal loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
- Future medical bills
Trusted Transvaginal Mesh Injury Lawyers
When facing a formidable opponent such as C.R. Bard, the quality of your legal representation can be an important factor in determining the success of your lawsuit. The transvaginal mesh sling injury attorneys at Estey Bomberger are experienced in handling high damage claims against large corporations, and are prepared to aggressively defend your rightful compensation even before a jury. For more information on how our attorneys can help you protect your rights and health, please schedule a free consultation today.