Suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can make daily activities a source of stress and discomfort. Although nearly half of women will develop pelvic organ prolapse within their lifetime, substantially less will ever experience the symptoms that make it so troubling. Using state of the art technology, American Medical Systems developed the Straight in System as a treatment for vaginal vault prolapse, a specific type of POP. Vaginal Vault Prolapse occurs when the vaginal apex drops into the vaginal canal or sometimes even outside the vagina entirely. Using a strip of mesh, the AMS Straight-In System returns the position of the vaginal apex to a more normal position. Unfortunately, the FDA has stated that transvaginal mesh, like that used in American Medical Systems Straight-In, presents new risks to female patients that were not present in other non-mesh treatments. Consequently, many women have filed lawsuits against American Medical Systems and other mesh manufacturing companies in response to their injuries.
According to the US FDA’s adverse event reporting system, the erosion of the Straight-In system through the vaginal walls is the most frequently noted mesh injury. This transvaginal mesh erosion can also be called: mesh exposure (because it has become visibly expose through tissue) and mesh protrusion (because it has protruded through the vaginal walls). This AMS Straight-In injury is very painful to the victim as well as difficult to treat. For some patients, even multiple surgeries cannot fully correct the problem.
American Medical Systems In-Fast Support System Erosion is only one potential complication in a long list reported in FDA safety communications. Among the other harrowing transvaginal mesh injuries there are:
Between the years of 2008 and 2010, almost three thousand adverse event reports were made to the FDA through its MedWatch program. In the years following 2010, the number of reports has remained high. Many mesh victims require hospitalization, and a bladder sling lawsuit can help reduce the overwhelming financial burden.
If you or a loved one has been harmed physically by the surgical placement of American Medical Systems Straight-In or other mesh product, you may want to consider a lawsuit claim. Contact the aggressive and capable product liability lawyers at the Willis Law Firm today, and we will provide you with a free transvaginal mesh sling lawsuit assessment without any further obligation. We are seeking to aide mesh victims across the country; call and let us help you today.