Maine Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

The Dunken Law Firm and our team of transvaginal mesh injury lawyers are currently evaluating and accepting claims in every city in Maine, including:

  • Portland
  • Lewiston
  • Bangor
  • South Portland
  • Auburn

Serious side effects have been reported to the FDA by women who have undergone transvaginal mesh surgery to correct a pelvic floor disorder. If you think you or a loved one is suffering from an injury related to transvaginal mesh, contact The Dunken Law Firm today. We will review your claim and advise you of your options for recourse. Initial consultations are free and completely confidential.

Why The Dunken Law Firm

  • Victims injured by transvaginal mesh are our firm’s top priority, no matter how long it takes, we will fight to obtain justice on your behalf.
  • We have successfully litigated defective medical device cases for over 25 years.
  • It’s important to us that you are provided with quality legal representation, which is why we will only collect a fee when we win.

Transvaginal Mesh and the Serious Complications

Transvaginal mesh products are constructed from either synthetic materials, such as polypropylene, or animal tissue and are designed to support weakened or damaged muscles and tissue that are no longer functioning properly. For instance, here’s how mesh is used to treat the following pelvic floor disorders:

  • Pelvic organ prolapse (POP): loose and weak muscles or tissues supporting the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, or rectum), allow the organs to drop down and push into or out of the vagina. To treat this, mesh is placed through the vagina (transvaginal) and surgically implanted into the vaginal wall to act as support for damaged muscles or tissue.
  • Stress urinary incontinence (SUI): incontinence (unintentional urine loss) is caused by weakened muscles or tissues supporting the bladder and also the muscles that regulate the release of urine. For treatment of this disorder, the mesh is positioned at either the bladder neck or the urethra to prevent unintentional urine loss.

Hundreds of thousands of women undergo transvaginal mesh surgery for either POP or SUI each year. Many have reported experiencing serious complications to the FDA, following a procedure.

The most notable adverse events occurring consist of:

    • Mesh erosion: the most commonly reported serious side effect, entailing of the device breaking down and eroding the vaginal wall while possibly breaking into smaller pieces.
    • Perforated organs: the edges of the eroded mesh can perforate organs or surrounding tissue.
    • Dyspareunia: pain during or after sexual intercourse.
    • Pelvic pain
    • Incontinence
    • Infection
    • Vaginal shortening or scarring
    • Nerve damage
    • Recurrent POP
    • Emotional trauma

Due to these severe side effects, transvaginal mesh surgery has a high incident rate of revision surgeries. Patients are subjected to even more operations for repair, further risking their health and possibly permanent damage.

Manufacturers and Product Liability in Maine

Following the thousands of negative reports of side effects, the FDA reclassified transvaginal mesh as a high-risk device, requiring companies to test their products for safety and effectiveness before gaining market approval. The following four major manufacturers have been affected by the new regulations, but is not limited to:

  • Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson)
  • American Medical Systems (AMS)
  • Boston Scientific
  • C.R. Bard

The defective medical devices that have caused transvaginal mesh injuries may entitle victims to seek compensation from the specific company that produces them. The manufacturer may be liable for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, and more. The state of Maine allows claims to be filed up to six years from the date of the injury.

Contact The Dunken Law Firm Today

Our team has extensive experience and can help relieve your stress by handling your transvaginal mesh claim with compassion and care. Call us to schedule a free consultation so we may review your case.