This article will discuss the health risks and lawsuits surrounding the Elevate brand of products from American Medical Systems. These include the following two devices:
- Elevate Anterior & Posterior Prolapse Repair System
- Elevate with InteXen LP Prolapse Repair System
Both these devices have been demonstrated to pose significant risk to women and have been the subject of a large number of lawsuits. Read on to find out more about them and whether or not you may be eligible for compensation.
What is Elevate?
The elevate range of devices from American Medical Systems are mesh implants designed to help treat two types of pelvic prolapse. Specifically, they are intended to combat: anterior prolapse (cystocele) and posterior prolapse (rectocoele).
In both cases, these conditions see the bladder bulging into the walls of the vagina owing to weakened muscles and tissues. In anterior prolapse, the bulge is felt in the front wall of the vagina, whereas posterior prolapse is felt in the back wall (not in the rectum).
This condition can be very unpleasant and causes a sensation of bulging in the vagina, discomfort during sex and discomfort during urination. Diagnosis often occurs during cervical screening. In any case, this is a potentially uncomfortable and embarrassing condition and the prospect of a simple insert to prevent the symptoms is an appealing one for many women.
The FDA has now issued a warning on all vaginal mesh products, owing to their tendency to erode and thus cause damage to the interior of the vagina, as well as to the surrounding organs. Hundreds of thousands of women have suffered irreversible damage and great personal trauma owing to the use of these products and countless lawsuits have been filed against the companies responsible.
Despite paying out millions of dollars in compensation across thousands of cases, American Medical Systems still refuses to admit any fault on their part. What’s more, they continue to sell the Elevate products from their website.
The company even admits to the risk of vaginal mesh erosion on their website, stating:
“As with any surgical procedure, inherent risks are present. Although rare, some of the most severe risks associated with prolapse procedures include bleeding (hematoma), perforation of vessels, nerves, bladder, ureter, urethra, or bowel; erosion of the implant through neighboring tissue, and infection. Some of the most common risks include; vaginal extrusion, De Novo/ worsening incontinence, dyspareunia, and pain.
If infection or erosion occur, the entire mesh may have to be removed or revised. Prolapse repair may unmask pre-existing incontinence. Do not perform this procedure on pregnant patients.”
Do You Have a Lawsuit?
If you have used any vaginal mesh product from American Medical Systems or another organization, then there is a good chance that you may be entitled to compensation. These products cause serious injury, bleeding and infection and are in fact highly dangerous to the women who use them. Give us a call and we will help you to get the justice you deserve and to bring more attention to these unsafe products.