AMS Transvaginal Mesh Lawyers
The vaginal sling lawyers at Doyle Law are reviewing potential product liability lawsuits for women who have experienced problems following surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence where American Medical Systems (AMS) vaginal mesh or another bladder sling product was used. In particular, we are pursuing claims for the following systems sold by AMS:
- AMS Perigee Vault Suspension System
- AMS Apogee Vault Suspension System
- AMS Elevate Prolapse Repair System
- AMS Monarc Sling System
The Problem With AMS Vaginal Mesh
Problems with transvaginal mesh or bladder sling systems marketed by a number of different medical device manufacturers have caused thousands of women throughout the United States to suffer severe injuries after surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
An AMS surgical mesh or bladder sling lawsuit may provide compensation for women who have experienced:
- Erosion, Extrusion or Protrusion of the Mesh
- Mesh Contraction or Shrinkage
- Pelvic Pain or Pain During Sexual Intercourse
- Other Problems or Complications after Bladder Surgery
In recent years, the FDA has received reports by thousands of women who have experienced problems with AMS vaginal mesh systems and similar products made by other companies. Not only do these products pose a risk of serious complications, there is no evidence that transvaginal insertion of a bladder sling provides any benefit over other available treatments for pelvic organ prolapse. Most of these devices were approved under the FDA’s controversial 510(k) Premarket Notification System, which allows the manufacturer to start selling the product without vigorous premarket testing when they establish that it is substantially equivalent to something else that has already been approved.
American Medical Systems Perigee Vault Suspension System
The Perigee Vault Suspension System was first approved in May 2004. The pelvic mesh is made of either Type I polypropylene or a porcine dermal graft (pig skin). It is designed for treatment of posterior and apical vaginal wall defects that allow the bladder to descend into the vagina. The Perigee vaginal mesh is implanted through a minimally invasive surgical technique.
American Medical Systems Apogee Vault Suspension System
The Apogee Vault Suspension System was also approved in 2004 and, like the Perigee, can be made of either Type I polypropylene or a porcine dermal graft. It is designed primarily for vaginal vault prolapse, where the upper portion of the vagina descends into the vaginal canal or outside of the vagina. The system is designed to also repair intestinal bulges and rectal bulges during the same procedure.
American Medical Systems Elevate Prolapse Repair System
The AMS Elevate Prolapse Repair System was approved in April 2008 and is designed to correct concomitant posterior and apical vaginal defects through a single posterior vaginal incision. The Elevate uses a trocar with a self-fixating tip that attaches either a double-armed polypropylene mesh or porcine dermal graft to the sacrospinous ligament. It comes in two models: The Elevate with IntePro Like Prolapse Repair System and the Elevate with InteXen LP Prolapse Repair System.
American Medical Systems Monarc Subfascial Hammock
The Monarc was originally introduced in 2002 as the first transobturator device approved for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. The transobturator placement technique avoids the loose connective tissue between the bladder, pubic bone and abdominal wall and creates a cradle for the urethra to support it. The Monarc was used as predicate device for getting the Apogee and Perigee systems to the market without extensive testing.
AMS vaginal mesh lawsuits are now being filed. The claims now being filed by plaintiffs include the problems with the design of the AMS vaginal mesh that were known to the device manufacturer, yet they continued to market the implant as safe and effective. Rather than issuing a recall, AMS aggressively marketed the mesh as safe and effective. This is clearly not the case.
Contact AMS Vaginal Sling Attorneys
If you've encountered problems with your AMS vaginal mesh since surgery, an AMS mesh lawsuit may be a viable option for you. Call our Birmingham, Alabama offices today for a free consultation. The number to reach either office is (205) 533-9500. Do not wait another day and risk losing your claim.
All cases are reviewed by our vaginal mesh attorneys under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to investigate your case and there are no attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained. To review a lawsuit for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
The attorneys at Doyle Law are now filing AMS vaginal mesh lawsuits for clients and are evaluating transvaginal mesh claims nationwide. If you have one of the defective mesh devices, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
The Doyle Law Firm's experienced injury lawyers have extensive experience with product liability claims, specifically those involving defective medical devices. Even if you're not sure of your implant model, we can help you. We'll order your medical records to identify your device and determine whether your problems might be linked to your transvaginal mesh.
Alabama has a two year statute of limitations on filing certain product liability and personal injury claims. It takes time to acquire medical records and draft pleadings, so please do not delay in contacting us if you have any concern that your mesh or sling may be causing your pain and suffering.