Alabama Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Our attorneys at The Dunken Law Firm are actively helping victims suffering from transvaginal mesh injuries in every city across Alabama, including:

  • Birmingham
  • Montgomery
  • Mobile
  • Huntsville
  • Tuscaloosa
  • Hoover

If you or a loved one has suffered serious complications or injuries due to a transvaginal mesh procedure, you may have the right to seek compensation. Contact our team at The Dunken Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.

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  • We have more than 25 years of experience litigating defective medical device cases.
  • Our top priority is advocating for transvaginal mesh victims, we are committed to your recovery.
  • We make ourselves available to our clients and pride ourselves on our exceptional responsiveness.
  • We will use every available resource to get you and your family favorable results and we will only get paid when we win your case.

What is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvaginal mesh is a surgical mesh, made from either animal tissue or synthetic materials, that is routinely used to treat pelvic floor disorders. The disorders commonly repaired by transvaginal mesh are:

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)

POP occurs when the muscles and tissues in the pelvic region are weakened or stretched and unable to support the surrounding organs, such as the bladder, uterus, and bowel. Pelvic organs can drop and protrude into the vagina. Symptoms are: pelvic pressure, lower back pain, pain during intercourse, constipation, and urinary dysfunction.

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)

SUI is an unintentional leakage of urine due to stress being put on the bladder by physical activities. Activities such as exercise, lifting an item, standing up from a seated position, coughing, sneezing, or laughing can cause SUI.

For POP, transvaginal mesh is implanted into the vaginal wall and used as support to hold organs in place. For SUI, a mesh net or sling is placed in support of the neck of the bladder or urethra.

Serious Complications of Transvaginal Mesh

The most frequent adverse events reported to the FDA for transvaginal mesh devices include:

  • Mesh erosion: The device begins to break down into pieces, moving away from the vaginal wall where it was implanted.
  • Organ perforation: When the edges of the transvaginal mesh puncture the vagina or nearby organs.
  • Vaginal or pelvic area pain or discomfort
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Painful urination
  • Vaginal scarring or shrinkage
  • Dyspareunia: Pain during or after sexual intercourse

Vaginal mesh erosion can be debilitating for patients, requiring multiple surgical revisions to repair completely due to tissue growth around and in the device or its parts. UCLA Obstetrics & Gynecology reports that approximately 30 percent of women who have undergone surgery for POP will need transvaginal mesh revision surgery for either a reoccurring prolapse or another side effect.

Potential Complications from Revision Surgery

Transvaginal mesh revision surgeries expose patients to additional risks such as, infection, nerve damage, further painful scarring, possible permanent organ damage and longer recovery times. These complications can lead to a lifetime of chronic pain and emotional trauma.

Manufacturers and Devices

The manufacturers of transvaginal mesh that are involved in litigation are as follows, along with their discontinued devices:

  • American Medical Systems (AMS)
    • Apogee Vault Suspension System
    • Apogee Pelvic Floor System
    • BioArc Sling System
    • In-Fast Ultra Transvaginal Sling
    • Perigee System
  • Ethicon (a division of Johnson & Johnson)
    • Gynecare Prolift
    • Gynecare Prolift + M
    • Gynecare TVT Secure System
    • Gynecare Prosima Pelvic Floor Repair System
  • Boston Scientific
    • ProteGen
  • C.R. Bard
    • Avaulta Plus

These devices have been voluntarily discontinued by their manufacturers, as the FDA has only issued two public health warnings, not any large-scale recalls. Many surgical mesh devices remain on the market, potentially putting women’s health at risk.

Contact Us Today

Our team of highly experienced transvaginal mesh lawsuit attorneys at The Dunken Law Firm are available to review your case and discuss your legal options for obtaining compensation. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today!