American Medical Systems (AMS) is among the companies that have produced transvaginal mesh for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. AMS advertised its Elevate product as requiring a minimally invasive procedure to repair pelvic organ prolapse but failed to inform patients of the risks associated with the surgery. Elevate has been known to cause numerous issues that include perforation of the urethra or bowel, erosion of the mesh through surrounding tissue, infections, bleeding and incontinence. An alert issued by the FDA regarding the Elevate mesh is estimated to trigger thousands of lawsuits and the initial victims injured by the defective product have already proceeded with litigation.
Failure to Disclose Risks Associated With AMS Elevate
Women with pelvic organ prolapse are often advised to undergo surgery to correct the issue, which is similar to a hernia but affects the muscles and organs near the pelvis. Elevate is advertised as an alternative to traditional surgery, but it has proven to cause more harm than good. The patients coming forward with claims against AMS are arguing that the risks associated with the product and the procedure required to implant it were never disclosed and that they were misled into believing that there would be no complications and that the surgery was simple, requiring a mere “single incision.”
Serious Complications Reported With Elevate Mesh
Patients who have opted for the Elevate transvaginal mesh have experienced complications that pose the threat of severe injury or death and require additional surgery to remedy. Perforation of the bowel, bladder or urethra can lead to septic shock due to infection of the blood as a result of urine or fecal matter escaping into the tissue surrounding the perforation. Mesh erosion can also cause infections or internal bleeding that poses a threat to the patient’s well-being.
The surgeries required to correct these complications can place an undue financial burden on the patient, and AMS’s failure to disclose the risks associated with its product make the company liable for any damages associated with its device. This includes the cost of the original procedure, subsequent procedures required to repair the damage and the pain and suffering caused to the victim. When people are harmed due to the careless acts of major corporations that are supposed to produce products to improve the quality of peoples’ lives, those companies must be held accountable for their negligence.
Attorneys Committed to Protecting Your Rights After Complications Related to Vaginal Mesh
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have the required experience and access to experts in the medical field to properly assess and proceed with your vaginal mesh complication case. Our goal is to treat you with compassion as we understand the pain and shame that you have endured. Rest assured, we will do whatever it takes to see that you are awarded every bit of compensation you are entitled to in order to pay your medical bills and make things right.
If you received an AMS Elevate transvaginal mesh and were injured as a result, contact us today to arrange for a free consultation. We will examine all the details of your case and explain your rights to you before advising you on how to proceed. Our confidence in our ability to help you allows us to promise never to demand payment unless we recover damages on your behalf.