American Medical Systems has three products under the Apogee branding aimed at helping to treat women with stress urinary incontinence and vaginal vault prolapse.
- Here are the following products:
- Apogee Pelvic Floor Repair System
- Apogee Systems with PC Coated IntePro Lite
- Apogee Vault Suspension System
Unfortunately, all these products have been the focus of various lawsuits and settlements, following reports from women that they were causing injury, damage and complications that had drastic, negative impacts on their quality of life.
If you have been implanted with an Apogee transvaginal mesh, then you may be entitled to compensation. Read on to learn more about the dangers of these products.
What is a Transvaginal Mesh?
A transvaginal mesh is essentially a ‘net-like’ structure that is inserted into the vagina, normally via the vaginal wall. It can be made from a variety of different synthetic or biological materials but in each case it is intended to provide structural support for the vagina and the organs.
This could theoretically aid in the treatment of vaginal vault prolapse. Here, the upper portion of the vagina – called the apex – falls either into the vaginal canal or entirely outside of the vagina. During an Apogee procedure, the trasvaginal mesh would be inserted into the body to restore the apex to its correct position.
The problem is that these products carry serious health risks and the FDA has issued a warning stating that complications from the devices are ‘not rare’. At the same time, studies have called into serious doubt the actual effectiveness of the products – it appears for the most part that they provide no more effective a solution than stitches.
The main problems are caused by transvaginal mesh erosion. In transvaginal mesh erosion, the implant becomes worn or deteriorated and then starts to move and rub against the walls of the vagina as well as the above organs.
This in turn can then lead to many serious, negative complications which include:
- Vaginal shortening
- Vaginal tightening
- Pain during intercourse
- Constant discomfort
- Permanent scarring
Recurrence of vaginal vault prolapse
American Medical Systems, the manufacturers have been on the receiving end of countless lawsuits as a result of these and similar products and have paid out millions in settlements.
However, despite this, they still refuse to admit fault and actually continue promoting the Apogee system on their website. Here they describe it as follows:
“Apogee is a comprehensive, minimally invasive treatment designed to restore normal anatomy after vaginal vault prolapse.”
No mention is made still of the potential complications or risks and women are still being put in danger.
Do You Have a Case?
If you have been implanted with any of American Medical Systems transvaginal mesh products then there is a good chance you are entitled to compensation. If your life has been in any way negatively affected by a product that you bought in good faith, you owe it to yourself to seek justice. Time may be limited to file your claim so it is tantamount to act promptly.