Pelvitex is a line of transvaginal mesh implants manufactured by Bard Medical. These products have received a lot of negative attention in recent years, attributed to a number of serious complications and unwanted side effects. Thousands of women have had their quality of life significantly undermined allegedly due to the poor testing and standards of the company and if you are among them, then you may be entitled to compensation.
What is Pelvitex?
Pelvitex is a vaginal mesh implant that is made from either polypropylene or propylene. Both products serve the same intended function of helping to manage the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, also known as POP.
In pelvic organ prolapse, the associated muscles become weak from age, from childbirth, from menopause, from hysterectomy or from a combination of factors. This then results in the organs losing the support they would normally have to hold them in place.
This is a highly uncomfortable and embarrassing condition that affects a large number of women and as such, any form of treatment is likely to be highly popular.
In the case of vaginal mesh implants such as Pelvitex, the idea is that the ‘mesh’, which essentially works like a net (and is also sometimes called a ‘vaginal sling’) is inserted permanently in through the vagina to serve as a structural support for the organs above.
What set Pelvitex apart from other products in theory was a collagen coating that was intended to help internal healing following the implantation.
Unfortunately however, accusations have been leveled at Bard Medical and other manufacturers claiming that they failed to adequately test the products before they released them. This resulted in a lot of complications resulting in serious and long lasting effects for many women.
The issue with all these transvaginal meshes is that they appear to shrink and deteriorate over time. This then results in them creating friction against the inside of the vagina wall, as well as to the underside of the organs. This alone is enough to cause permanent scarring as well as to make intercourse painful and uncomfortable. Some women claim that the implant so negatively impacted on their sex life as to place a strain on their marriage that would eventually lead to divorce. Other symptoms caused by the abrasion include bleeding, erosion, perforation and serious infection.
Bard has been involved in a number of lawsuits targeting several of its products – most notably its Avaulta products. However, lawsuits have also focused on Pelvitex which is now known as one of the ‘at risk’ products.
Does the collagen coating help? Unfortunately, this product took one step forward and two back for many people, as the materials polypropylene and propylene respectively both cause allergic reactions in a large number of people.
So if you find yourself the victim of one of these products, what should you do?
The first priority should be to get medical attention. Once you know you’re safe however, you should then consider taking Bard to court. If your life has been seriously affected by a faulty product, then you shouldn’t have to live with the consequences without compensation.
If you’re interested in taking the matter further, give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss your options with you.