Eastern Tennessee residents may be interested to know that C.R. Bard Inc. has agreed to a $21 million settlement stemming from their defective vaginal-mesh implants. The implants are meant to help fortify the pelvic muscle by being sewn to the vaginal wall, which can then better support internal organs. According to lawsuits, these implants begin to disintegrate after being inserted.
Patients who received the implants have complained of painful sexual intercourse and vaginal tissue and organ damage. In 2010, the FDA ordered Bard and other vaginal implant manufacturers to study the safety of the devices. Other implant makers have pulled some lines of their vaginal implants from the market.