Recently, several lawsuits have been filed against the Mentor Corporation with regards to its poorly designed and manufactured ObTape Sling device. The trans-obturator tape sling was created to treat stress urinary incontinence in females, and was used in around 35,000 women between the years of 2003 and 2006. However, the Journal of Urology published a study in October of 2006 found substantial health risk and difficulties associated with ObTape. Most noteworthy was the finding that over 13% of ObTape sling patients suffered painful vaginal extrusions, meaning that the sling eroded through their sensitive vaginal tissues. Other estimates suggest that the percentage of women suffering from these difficulties is even higher, at around 17-18%. The removal of the ObTape sling requires additional surgery, and small pieces of the tape may remain in the body. Other complications included persistent vaginal discharge as well as inflammations.
ObTape Lawsuits: Ineffective Design
The major problems and resultant injuries from Mentor’s Ob Tape sling are the result of its ineffective “nonwoven” design, and could have been prevented through the use of an alternative medical device. Because the surgical mesh in the ObTape sling is not woven and the material is so dense, it can end up blocking oxygen and other essential nutrients resulting in consequences more unpleasant and harmful than the stress urinary incontinence they began with. For these reasons, many firms have been filing lawsuits against the makers of ObTape to help sufferers through this difficult experience. ObTape lawsuits are filed on a contingency fee basis, so patients will not be charged any fees unless their ObTape lawyer recovers for them.
Common symptoms of an ObTape sling problem include vaginal pain, bloody discharge, high fever, long-lasting vaginal infections, and severe discomfort during intercourse. These indicators signal that you may be suffering from the adverse effects of ObTape, such as vaginal mesh erosion, or other debilitating problems. Complications from the ObTape sling may not appear until months or even years after the initial surgical procedure. Although ObTape has not been in use since 2006, many women have this device and may be suffering from the preventable and negligent complications.
ObTape Lawsuits: Speak to an Attorney
Many patients suffering from ObTape sling complications wish that they had been adequately warned of the risks and potential complications before going through with the operation. If you or a loved one is suffering from Ob Tape Sling injuries please call the Willis Law Firm. We have female consultants standing by, trained to discuss these sensitive issues confidentially. We are currently accepting ObTape Sling Injuries lawsuits nationwide. Our product liability law team at the Willis Law Firm is committed to getting you answers and financial compensation for your medical expenses, loss of income, physical pain, and emotional suffering. These cases are handled on a Contingency Fee Basis, which means that no attorney’s fees or any other expenses will be charged unless we recover for you.