New Jersey based C. R. Bard is a worldwide creator and distributor of medical products. Founded in 1907 by Charles R. Bard, the company specializes in the creation of surgical, vascular, oncology, and urology devices. The Align Urethral Support System is one of Bard Medicals various products offered for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence, or SUI, in female patients. Stress urinary incontinence is the most common type of urinary incontinence and affects the quality of life of many of the women it afflicts. The Align Urethral Support System uses a mesh sling implanted surgically in order to support the patient’s urethra; this sling is supposed to be a permanent surgical solution for the loss of bladder control. Unfortunately, the mesh sling used in C.R. Bard’s Align (as well as all transvaginal mesh slings) has been discovered to increase the risk of injury when compared against other non-mesh treatment options.
C. R. Bard Align Mesh Sling Complications
According to adverse event reports submitted to the United States Food and Drug Administration, the following injuries have all been reported in relation to transvaginal mesh surgery (including Bard’s Align Urethral Support System):
- Mesh Erosion (the expulsion of the mesh implant through the vaginal walls)
- Organ puncture (bowels, bladder, and vaginal wall)
- Pain (lower back pain, vaginal pain)
- Dyspareunia (extreme discomfort during sexual intercourse, sometimes pain to male partner’s penis as well)
- Emotional problems
- Neuromuscular problems
- Shrinkage or scarring of the vagina
- Chronic vaginal bleeding
- Abnormal discharge from vagina
- Reoccurrence of stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse (return of the initial condition that Align was intended to permanently treat)
C. R. Bard Align Mesh Sling Lawsuit Claims
Because many of the injuries that can result from treatment with C. R. Bard’s Align Urethral Support System mesh sling can require hospitalization and/or surgery to treat, many victims find themselves in a state of financial distress. A lawsuit filed against the manufacturer of a transvaginal mesh sling, like Align, can be one way to help offset these financial obligations. A C. R. Bard Align lawsuit alleges that the company failed in its responsibility to properly asses the risks associated with its product and to alert consumers of these risks.
Have your C.R. Bard Align Mesh Sling Lawsuit Evaluated: Speak to an Attorney
Located in Houston, the Willis Law Firm is currently reviewing potential Bard Align Urethral Support System lawsuit claims across the nation. If you or someone you know has been injured by Align or another mesh sling product, you may be legally entitled to a substantial financial settlement. Contact our office today in order to discuss your injuries with a compassionate and qualified female consultant. All transvaginal mesh cases are taken on a contingency fee bases; no fees will be billed unless a settlement is obtained.
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