Medical manufacturer American Medical Systems manufactures various medical transvaginal mesh products such as the BioArc transvaginal mesh. Sometimes called bladder slings or pelvic mesh, transvaginal mesh products are meant to treat conditions like stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Some other transvaginal mesh products which American Medical Systems (AMS) manufactures are the Apogee, Elevate, MiniArc, In-Fast, Perigree, Monarc, and SPARC vaginal meshes.
Lately there have been more and more complaints from patients using vaginal mesh products like American Medical Systems’ (AMS) BioArc vaginal mesh product. The FDA has released numerous statements warning potential patients about the risks and dangers of using vaginal mesh products like American Medical Systems’ (AMS) BioArc. The FDA’s first statement was published back in 2008 when they warned that products like AMS’ BioArc may cause negative complications. Recently, in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an updated statement regarding vaginal mesh products which stated that serious complications caused by vaginal mesh products like AMS’ BioArc are no longer considered ‘rare’ by the number of reported cases.
The BioArc bladder sling was developed by American Medical Systems (AMS) in order to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in female patients. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are both common disorders which effect women as they age. As many as 50% of women are believed to suffer from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) at some point in their lives. Both pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) effect the pelvic region of the body. The purpose of a bladder sling such as AMS’ BioArc sling is to give support to shifting or dropping organs in the pelvic region for patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and to prevent incontinence in patients with stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
American Medical Systems’ (AMS) BioArc sling is meant to offer support to the pelvic organs and repair the complications caused by stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), but it doesn’t always work as planned. The most common reported problem with devices like the AMS BioArc is known as mesh erosion. Mesh erosion occurs when parts of the vaginal sling protrude through the vaginal walls. Often times vaginal mesh erosion is very discomforting and painful. In many cases when patients receive a vaginal mesh implant to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) they report that the sling does not solve the incontinence issue.
In many cases, patients who have undergone a vaginal mesh implant with a product like American Medical Systems’ (AMS) BioArc bladder sling they must return to their surgeons to have the defective product taken out. Sometimes these operations are unable to remove the entire bladder sling in the first procedure, and the patients may be required to undergo numerous operations to remove it. In some cases, even after multiple surgeries, the bladder sling product is unable to be fully removed. Some patients have reported complications and pain long after such surgeries.
If you or a loved one is suffering from severe complications linked to the use of American Medical Systems (BioArc) or similar device, you may be a good candidate for a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Please contact the Willis Law Firm today. We are currently reviewing transvaginal mesh sling cases nationwide, and have female consultants available for you to speak to.