C.R. Bard have been forced to pay compensation to countless victims who have experienced physical and emotional trauma through the use of their vaginal mesh products. Many of these products are made from an ‘acellular collagen matrix’ – a synthetic tissue taken from the sterile and biocompatible dermal collagen of pigs.
In this article we will look in more depth at precisely what Pelvicol Tissue was designed to accomplish and at whether you may be entitled to compensation.
What is Pelvicol Tissue?
The transvaginal meshes that Pelvicol Tissue is designed for use with, are devices intended to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. These are both conditions caused by the loosening of muscles around the pelvic region following childbirth, hysterectomy or menopause.
In stress urinary incontinence (SUI), women suffer from poor bladder control, triggered by sneezing, coughing, laughing and exercise. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) meanwhile is characterized by organs descending in the body causing discomfort.
These transvaginal mesh implants are intended for permanent implantation via the vaginal wall, where they then offer structural support to help push everything back into the correct position and keep it there.
Pelvicol Tissue is one tissue used in the construction of these meshes and is designed to be incorporated into the patient’s body to make it stronger.
Problems Associated With Pelvicol Tissue
Pelvicol Tissue has been the subject of two FDA warnings with hundreds of cases where patients have experienced complications and side effects from its use.
Many vaginal meshes are known to cause erosion of the interior of the vagina as well as the organs. This can lead to bleeding, scarring, constant pain, difficulty with intercourse and even infections that may prove life threatening.
Pelvicol Tissue more specifically is associated with chronic infections and pain, as well as the perforation of internal organs. What’s more, it is also noted that recurrence of SUI and POP is common – with the treatment simply being ineffective in a large proportion of cases. The FDA have issued a statement that transvaginal meshes are no more effective than the simple use of stitches – despite claims from Bard Medical and other companies to the contrary.
Vaginal Mesh Settlements
If you have been injured by a vaginal mesh implant involving Pelvicol Tissue or of any other kind, then you may be interested in seeking compensation. Many transvaginal mesh claims are currently open (over 12,000 against Bard alone) with hundreds having been settled already. Individual victims have been awarded millions in compensation in some cases – seeing as they will be forced to live with scars and discomfort due to a failure on Bard’s part to properly test their products.
If you have suffered physical, emotional or financial turmoil as a result of a transvaginal mesh product, then we urge you to get in contact to find out whether you might have a case. We are highly experienced in the subject of transvaginal mesh products and have a proven track record of helping our clients to receive the compensation they deserve.