In-Fast vaginal slings are devices designed to treat urinary incontinence in women, using a surgical mesh to attempt to add support to the internal structures of the vagina and the urethra. Like many other vaginal mesh products however, it has been known to cause serious injury, infection and more and thousands of women have received or are currently awaiting settlements such problems.
If you have used any form of transvaginal sling or mesh from the manufacturer American Medical Systems and have experienced discomfort or complications of any kind, then you may be entitled to compensation with the help of a transvaginal mesh lawyer. Read on to learn more about the case and about how you can get the compensation you deserve.
What is In-Fast?
In-Fast is a vaginal sling that is intended to treat urinary incontinence specifically. It comes in at least three separate versions:
- In-Fast Ultra Transvaginal Sling
- Influence In-fast
- In-fast Ultra
This sling is unique in that it is implanted directly into the vagina, transvaginally. This means there is no need for abdominal incisions as is often the case with these products. The insertion is thus very quick and in theory less invasive.
The idea then is that the sling will support the internal organs that are pressing on the bladder and urethra and thus causing the incontinence. This extra support should help to combat the problem.
The use of these products is highly risky and is not recommended. The FDA has noted that complete failure for any and all transvaginal mesh implants for incontinence and prolapse is common and in fact more common than for other measures.
What’s more, the mesh itself is recognized as being potentially damaging to the individual and causes a number of side effects in many cases. These side effects include infection, bleeding, vaginal shrinkage, scarring, neuromuscular problems, pain during intercourse and more.
Many of these problems are thought to be the result of the controversial FDA 510(k) process. This process allows manufacturers to skip the usual extensive testing necessary for approval as long as there are already ‘similar products’ on the market. The result is that many of these mesh products have not been properly tested and sadly, thousands of women have paid the price.
Lawsuits and Settlements
AMS has already paid out millions of dollars in settlements with hundreds of lawsuits still outstanding. These lawsuits come from women who have experienced severe health complications as a result of In-Fast and other brands of vaginal mesh/sling.
AMS continue to sell a range of mesh products and have not admitted being at fault. Women who have experienced permanent damage as a result of these products and the misleading marketing of AMS have every right to be outraged and to demand compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Revision surgery costs
- Loss of wages
- Loss of consortium
Emotional and physical trauma
If you feel that you might have a case against AMS or another vaginal mesh manufacturer, then get in touch with one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys and we can help you to achieve the outcome you deserve.