Louisiana Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

The team of transvaginal mesh lawyers at The Dunken Law Firm are reviewing potential injury claims throughout Louisiana, including in:

  • New Orleans
  • Baton Rouge
  • Shreveport
  • Metairie
  • Lafayette

Serious complications have been linked to the use of transvaginal mesh to treat the pelvic floor disorders stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and especially pelvic organ prolapse (POP). If you or someone you love is believed to have a transvaginal mesh injury, contact the lawyers at The Dunken Law Firm to find out how we can help you.

Why Our Firm

  • First and foremost, our firm’s highest priority is helping victims with transvaginal mesh injuries recover.
  • We understand what a life-changing event this type of injury can be and we are determined to provide you with the justice you are owed.
  • Unless we win, we will never charge you a fee.
  • We are diligent in our efforts to stay in constant communication with our clients, keeping them informed regarding their case and answering any and all questions and concerns.

What is Transvaginal Mesh?

Used to treat POP and SUI, transvaginal mesh is a surgical device manufactured from synthetic materials or animal tissue that is implanted in order to support weak muscles and organs. For example, in:

  • POP: the surgical mesh is placed through the vagina (transvaginal) and implanted into the vaginal wall to help prevent pelvic organs from dropping.
  • SUI: this pelvic disorder is an unintentional loss of urine that typically occurs when participating in physical activities, or simply when coughing or sneezing. In this case, the mesh is placed at the neck of the bladder or the urethra in order to prevent incontinence.

Severe Side Effects of Transvaginal Mesh

The most common severe side effect of transvaginal mesh is mesh erosion. The edges of the mesh begin to wear through the surrounding tissue and may erode it until it causes perforations. The vaginal wall, bladder, intestines, blood vessels, or other tissues are then all at risk of being punctured. There is also a considerable risk that the perforations can cause infection, that in the most serious cases can become life-threatening.

Once erosion has occurred, many women will require transvaginal revision surgery to remove pieces of the mesh, or have the device entirely taken out. However, because synthetic surgical mesh is designed to be permanently implanted, removal of the mesh is very difficult. Tissues and blood vessels grow around the mesh, requiring multiple surgeries for doctors to remove the pieces.

Unfortunately, patients may still suffer from long-term complications, even after multiple revision surgeries. There is a risk of permanent vaginal disfigurement, chronic pelvic pain, nerve damage, pain during sexual intercourse, and emotional trauma.

Other common side effects reported after a transvaginal mesh procedure are:

  • Severe scarring
  • Shortening of the vagina
  • Inability to have sexual intercourse
  • Infection
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Incontinence
  • Recurrent pelvic organ prolapse or SUI
  • Neuromuscular problems

Types of Transvaginal Mesh and their Manufacturers

There are four major manufacturers of transvaginal mesh:

  • American Medical Systems (AMS):

SPARC® Sling System, Apogee Vault Suspension System, Elevate Prolapse Repair System, Monarc Sling System, Perigee System

  • C.R. Bard:

Avaulta Plus™ and Avaulta Solo™ Vaginal Mesh Implant, Faslata® Allograft, Pelvicol®, PelviSoft®, Pevlitex™

  • Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson):

Gynecare TVT, Gynemesh PS, Ethicon TVT, Prolene Mesh Patches, Secur

  • Boston Scientific Corp.:

Advantage™ Sling System, Obyryx®, Prefyx Mid U™, Prefyx PPS™

Speak to a Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one is suffering from serious complications following a surgery involving transvaginal mesh, then you may be entitled to seek compensation. Contact The Dunken Law Firm and speak to one of our transvaginal mesh lawyers so we may advise you of your rights. Call today to schedule a free consultation.