Mentor’s ObTape is a surgically implanted medical device used to treat patients suffering from stress urinary continence (SUI). In individuals with SUI, pelvic region muscles have weakened, and begin to put uncomfortable pressure on the bladder. Surgically implanted medical devices, such as Mentor’s ObTape vaginal sling, are meant to act as supporting structures along the vaginal wall.
Though vaginal slings have long been used to treat SUI, Mentor’s ObTape vaginal sling proved to be defective. The result was serious pain and suffering for many patients who received a surgical implant of the vaginal sling.
Common side effects seen with Mentor’s ObTape vaginal sling include vaginal erosion, vaginal extrusion, pelvic region pain, infections, painful intercourse, vaginal discharge, and a number of other health complications.
Mentor’s ObTape vaginal sling was introduced onto the market in 2003, and shortly thereafter was removed in 2006 after mounting reports of patient complications.
Mentor ObTape lawsuits have been consolidated into a Multidisctrict Litigation (MDL) no. 2004, in Re Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobturator Sling Products Liablity Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia Columbus Division. The Mentor ObTape MDL is being overseen by U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land.
At question in the ObTape MDL is whether Mentor created a poorly designed and manufactured vaginal sling, and in doing so, if they then neglected and failed to warn the public about the safety issues of using the ObTape vaginal sling.
The plaintiffs in the ObTape MDL claim significant injury from the surgical implantation of Mentor’s ObTape vaginal sling, and thus have made claims as to a defectively designed and manufactured device as well as negligence on the manufacturer’s part to effectively warn the public about the safety of the vaginal sling.
If you or a loved one has received a surgical implant of the Mentor ObTape transobturator vaginal sling device, and as a result, you or your loved one has suffered tremendously from complications related to the vaginal sling, compensation for such extreme pain and suffering is due.