Woman says uterine device caused problems

By Kelly Holleran | Jun 16, 2009

HUNTINGTON -- A woman and her husband say the woman experienced significant pain after a medical device was implanted into her uterus.

Angela Stroud and her husband, Eric Stroud, filed a federal lawsuit against C.R. Bard.

They say Angela Stroud was implanted with the company's Avaulta Anterior and Posterior BioSynthetic Support Systems to treat her pelvic organ prolapse. The products were implanted during surgeries Dr. Michael E. Nutt performed at St. Mary's Medical Center, according to the complaint.

However, after the products were implanted in Angela Stroud, she began experiencing significant mental and physical pain and suffering, the suit states. She also says she sustained a permanent injury, deformity, loss of a bodily organ system and impaired physical relations with her husband.

In order to remedy the situation, Angela Stroud will be forced to undergo additional surgeries, the complaint says.

Eric Stroud claims he has suffered a loss of his wife's consortium, companionship, society, affection, services and support.

The couple is not alone in their problems. On Oct. 28, the FDA isssued an alert, warning that it had received more than 1,000 complaints of complications associated with the Avaulta device and other mesh products similar to it.

"Many women thought their health issues were unique until the FDA issued a warning about transvaginal surgical mesh products in late October, citing over one-thousand reports of complications relating to nine different surgical mesh manufacturers, including Bard Avaulta," the Web site usrecallnews.com says. "The most common complications, which are prompting calls for a recall on these surgical mesh products, include: pain, infection, urinary trouble, recurrrence of prolapse and/or incontinence and erosion through the vaginal epithelium."

In their eight-count lawsuit, the Strouds are seeking compensatory and punitive damages of more than $75,000, plus costs, attorney's fees, interest and other relief to which they are entitled.

Brett J. Preston and C. Benjamin Salango of Preston and Salango in Charleston will be representing them.

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