American Medical Systems is a medical manufacturer which produces many medical different vaginal mesh products such as Apogee vaginal mesh. Vaginal mesh products are also sometimes known as bladder slings or pelvic mesh. Other vaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems (AMS) include BioArc, Elevate, In-Fast, MiniArc, Monarc, Perigree, and SPARC.
Recent findings by the Food and Drug Administration and other medical experts show that vaginal mesh products such as American Medical Systems’ (AMS) Apogee bladder sling may actually do more harm than good. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first warning regarding vaginal mesh products such as AMS’ Apogee. More recently, in 2011, the FDA amended their original statement to say that complications with vaginal mesh products could no longer be considered ‘rare.’
American Medical Systems developed the Apogee bladder sling and other vaginal mesh products primarily to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. These are two fairly common disorders which affect as many as 50% of women during some point in their lives. The disorders both deal with the shifting of organs in the pelvic region. American Medical Systems’ (AMS) Apogee sling was meant to support those organs and to fix the underlying problems associated with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The Apogee sling is designed to reinforce damaged tissue and eliminate the symptoms.
Ideally American Medical Systems’ Apogee sling would support the organs and fix the issues with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), but that isn’t necessarily the case. Numerous patient reports have surfaced claiming what is being called ‘mesh erosion.’ Mesh erosion is where portions of the vaginal mesh are actually protruding through the vaginal walls. This can be a very painful experience for women, often more uncomfortable than the original disorder. Also, many patients have reported that the bladder sling did not actually solve their incontinence or other original symptoms.
Many patients who received vaginal mesh products like American Medical Systems’ (AMS) Apogee sling have to return to their doctors to have the products removed. This will often require surgery to remove the eroded mesh. In some cases when the erosion has been more severe, multiple surgeries may be required to extract all pieces of the vaginal mesh. These surgeries might not always remove the entire problem, and in some cases patients have reported ongoing pain and discomfort even after numerous surgeries.
If you or a loved one is suffering from severe complications linked to the use of Boston Scientific’s Apogee sling, 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 ready to the sensitive issues regarding your potential case.