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Patient claims defective device was used during surgery

By Brandon Caples | Sep 29, 2015

An Orleans Parish husband and wife are suing a popular medical company for implanting a faulty device in the wife, allegedly resulting in severe complications.

Debora Modica and husband Roland filed suit against American Medical System Inc. and American Medical System Holdings Inc. in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District Court of Louisiana on Sept. 14, alleging that the companies' products are defective.

Modica alleges that in November 2011 she was implanted with the AMS Monarc Mid Urethal Sling, which was performed at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Modica claims because of having the AMS product implanted in her, she has experienced significant mental and physical pain and suffering, including loss of physical relations with her husband Roland.

The plaintiff contends she has suffered continuing problems due to the device eroding inside of her, the complaint states.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical expenses, loss of earnings, negligence, pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, embarrassment, companionship, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life.

The couple is represented by Charles M. Thomas and Brian P. Marcelle of Huber, Slack, Thomas and Marcelle of New Orleans.

U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-04397-EEF-MBN

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