If you were given a Mentor OB Tape vaginal sling, you are among the estimated 35,000 women who have used this product. This device was taken off the market after it was found to cause serious problems among patients who used it.
The Mentor OB Tape vaginal sling was introduced to the public in 2003 as a way to treat stress urinary incontinence in women. Stress urinary incontinence often results in involuntary leakage during coughing, laughing, sneezing or other action. The OB Tape vaginal sling was designed to give support to the vaginal wall, which was supposed to reinforce the muscles that control urinary functions. The product was intended to help the 14 million women whose muscles in that area were weakened by child birth or some other cause.
In 2006, the Journal of Urology published widespread injuries caused by this device, which caused it to be pulled off the market. The problem with the Mentor OB Tape vaginal sling had to do with its design that was discovered to block essential nutrients and oxygen. This design flaw resulted in numerous complaints from women of serious medical issues, including the following:
- Breakdown of vaginal tissue
- Chronic discharge
- Serious infections
- Vaginal pain
- Severe pain in the back, hips and legs
Surgery was required in some of the cases involving Mentor OB Tape vaginal sling injuries, but many of these women were left with permanent injuries. These injuries tended to be debilitating for the women who used this product.
If you have been injured from the Mentor OB Tape vaginal sling, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You need to contact an experienced Florida mass tort lawyer at the Law Offices of Lilly, O’Toole & Brown, LLP at (863) 683-1111 for legal advice.