Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh
Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh is the name of a transvaginal mesh product made by C. R. Bard, a large and well-established healthcare corporation that sells medical devices all over the world. Pelvitex™ mesh is used in surgery to treat conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), which are diagnosed in tens of thousands of women in the U.S. each year.
C. R. Bard sells several types of vaginal mesh, each with different characteristics. The concept of transvaginal mesh is relatively new. The purpose of vaginal mesh is to support, reinforce, or repair damaged or weakened internal tissues that are causing problems such as pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
Vaginal mesh is implanted as a patch or a sling, and the mesh grows into the vaginal tissue. The mesh can be made from the patient's own tissues, from human cadaver tissue, or from animal products. In some cases, mesh is completely synthetic.
Collagen and Polypropylene
C. R. Bard's Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh is coated with collagen to help the internal healing after the mesh implant surgery. The collagen in vaginal mesh is used to help a patient heal much more quickly than with other types of mesh products and to help the mesh be accepted by the body as a natural material.
The Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh also contains polypropylene, which is a plastic polymer. Some individuals are allergic to polypropylene and have experienced an allergic reaction shortly after Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh was implanted.
Problems with Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh
As with other vaginal mesh products used for stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh poses significant risks for complications such as:
- infection — vaginal, urinary or other
- erosion — when the mesh protrudes through the vaginal wall or other tissue
- severe and chronic pain
- pain during sex ( dyspareunia)
Ask a Lawyer about Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh
The FDA has issued strong warnings about vaginal mesh products like Pelvitex™ Polypropylene Mesh. But, the products are still being used. If you've undergone surgery for POP or SUI and have suffered complications , you may be eligible to seek compensation for your suffering. To learn more, contact us today.