American Medical Systems (AMS) is a large manufacturer of medical products like the Elevate vaginal mesh insert. American Medical Systems (AMS) is one of the largest manufacturers of such products. AMS also makes the BioArc, Apogee, In-Fast, MonArc, MiniArc, Perigree, and SPARC vaginal mesh products. Often times, vaginal mesh is also referred to as a bladder sling or pelvic mesh.
Current research and finding suggest that products like American Medical Systems’ (AMS) Elevate bladder sling and other slings may not actually serve the benefits that they are meant to. Many patients who have received products like the American Medical Systems (AMS) Elevate have reported various complications. These complications range from mild symptoms like discomfort to very severe complications which may require multiple surgical procedures. The FDA released a warning statement back in 2008 regarding vaginal mesh, stating that there are complications in rare cases. In 2011, the FDA amended that original statement to say that these complications can no longer be considered ‘rare.’
According to American Medical Systems (AMS), the Elevate bladder sling is meant to be a minimally invasive solution to both anterior and apical defects. The Elevate bladder sling uses fixed tops which are supposed to lend to safe and simple mesh placement through a single vaginal incision. American Medical Systems’ (AMS) Elevate sling is designed to minimize tissue trauma.
Vaginal mesh implants are a common solution for two very common problems among women. Approximately 30-50% of women will experience either pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) at some point in their lives. Both of these issues are located in the pelvic region and deal with shifting or misplaced pelvic organs. The purpose of a bladder sling like American Medical Systems’ (AMS) Elevate is to support the organs and fix the underlying problems. The problem is that these slings often don’t treat the problem, and often come with their own vaginal mesh complications.
Vaginal mesh devices like American Medical Systems’ (AMS) Elevate sling are meant to fix problems like stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), however these problems often go unrepaired and the vaginal mesh inserts often erode. Mesh erosion is a very common problem with bladder slings and it can be very painful. Mesh erosion occurs when parts of the bladder sling protrude into the vaginal wall. In some cases, pieces of the implant actually break off into the vaginal walls.
Mesh erosion is very painful and typically leads to surgery to have the device removed. In many cases multiple surgeries will be required to remove all of the vaginal mesh. In some cases, patients have reported still experiencing pain even after enduring multiple surgeries. If you or a loved one is experiencing vaginal mesh erosion from a device like American Medical Systems’ (AMS) Elevate bladder sling, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the makers of this device.
If you or a loved one is suffering from severe complications linked to the use of Boston Scientific’s Advantage 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.