Lawsuits for Problems with AMS Vaginal Mesh

The vaginal sling lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for women nationwide who may be entitled to settlements or financial recovery after experiencing problems after surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence where American Medical Systems (AMS) mesh or another bladder sling product was used.

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Financial compensation may be available through an AMS surgical mesh or bladder sling lawsuit for women who have experienced:

  • Erosion, Extrusion or Protrusion of the Mesh
  • Mesh Contraction or Shrinkage
  • Infection
  • Pelvic Pain or Pain During Sexual Intercourse
  • Other Problems or Complications after Bladder Surgery

To review the circumstances surrounding a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member request a free consultation and claim evaluation.


Problems with transvaginal mesh or bladder sling systems marketed by a number of different medical device manufacturers have caused thousands of women throughout the United States to suffer severe injuries after surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.

In addition to vaginal mesh lawsuits for products manufactured by other companies, cases are being pursued for the following systems sold by AMS:

  • AMS Perigee Vault Suspension System
  • AMS Apogee Vault Suspension System
  • AMS Elevate Prolapse Repair System
  • AMS Monarc Sling System

Not only do these products pose a risk of serious complications, there is no evidence that transvaginal insertion of a bladder sling provides any benefit over other available treatments for pelvic organ prolapse.

Most of these devices were approved under the FDA’s controversial 510(k) Premarket Notification System, which allows the manufacturer to start selling the product without vigorous premarket testing when they establish that it is substantially equivalent to something else that has already been approved.

Some of the different transvaginal mesh and bladder suspension surgery products manufactured and sold by AMS include:

▸ American Medical Systems Perigee Vault Suspension System

The Perigee Vault Suspension System was first approved in May 2004. The pelvic mesh is made of either Type I polypropylene or a porcine dermal graft (pig skin). It is designed for treatment of posterior and apical vaginal wall defects that allow the bladder to descend into the vagina. The Perigee vaginal mesh is implanted through a minimally invasive surgical technique.

▸ American Medical Systems Apogee Vault Suspension System

The Apogee Vault Suspension System was also approved in 2004 and, like the Perigee, can be made of either Type I polypropylene or a porcine dermal graft. It is designed primarily for vaginal vault prolapse, where the upper portion of the vagina descends into the vaginal canal or outside of the vagina. The system is designed to also repair intestinal bulges and rectal bulges during the same procedure.

▸ American Medical Systems Elevate Prolapse Repair System

The AMS Elevate Prolapse Repair System was approved in April 2008 and is designed to correct concomitant posterior and apical vaginal defects through a single posterior vaginal incision. The Elevate uses a trocar with a self-fixating tip that attaches either a double-armed polypropylene mesh or porcine dermal graft to the sacrospinous ligament. It comes in two models: The Elevate with IntePro Like Prolapse Repair System and the Elevate with InteXen LP Prolapse Repair System.

▸ American Medical Systems Monarc Subfascial Hammock

The Monarc was originally introduced in 2002 as the first transobturator device approved for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. The transobturator placement technique avoids the loose connective tissue between the bladder, pubic bone and abdominal wall and creates a cradle for the urethra to support it. The Monarc was used as predicate device for getting the Apogee and Perigee systems to the market without extensive testing.


Compensation may be available through an AMS mesh settlement as a result of the manufacturers’ failure to adequately research their products or warn about the serious risk of problems and complications. As a result of their decision to place profits before patient safety, thousands of women were exposed to a risk of painful and disfiguring injuries that may permanently impact their quality of life.

The AMS mesh lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for women who suspect that they may have received one of these products or another bladder sling system sold by a different company.

If you, a friend or family member have experienced problems after surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, where surgical mesh may have been placed transvaginally, contact our lawyers to request a free and confidential legal consultation.