The OB Tape vaginal sling is a surgically implanted medical device designed to treat female stress urinary incontinence, a condition characterized by an involuntary loss of urine that occurs during physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise. Manufactured by Mentor Corporation, the OB Tape vaginal sling was sold between 2003 and 2006.

After just 3 years on the market, Mentor stopped marketing the OB Tape sling.  By 2006, numerous women who received the device during bladder surgery were experiencing serious complications and more than 35,000 women had already been implanted with the OB Tape vaginal sling.

How the OB Tape Vaginal Sling Works

The Mentor OB Tape vaginal sling is an artificial structure designed to replace eroded or weakened muscles in the urethra that cause urinary incontinence. It is placed under the bladder during surgery, and basically acts as a hammock for the vaginal wall. Once in place, the OB Tape vaginal sling is designed to help support the bladder and reinforce the muscles that control urine flow from the body.

Vaginal slings similar to the OB Tape vaginal sling have been around for about 100 years, and until recently, have been considered the “gold standard in stress urinary incontinence treatment. Typically, the procedure to implant the OB Tape vaginal sling is minimally invasive and can be done on an outpatient basis.

OB Tape Vaginal Sling Defects

Almost immediately after it was introduced, women who received the Mentor OB Tape vaginal sling began to experience serious complications, including impaired healing, vaginal extrusion, and urinary tract erosion. In fact, it is estimated that seventeen to eighteen percent of women who were implanted with the Mentor OB Tape vaginal sling experienced problems. As it turns out, the OB Tape vaginal sling’s defect was in its non-woven design, which blocks needed oxygen and nutrients from reaching vaginal tissues.

OB Tape Vaginal Sling Side Effects Attorney

If you are one of the approximately 50,000 women who received an OB Tape vaginal sling, and you experienced serious side effects associated with this defective medical device, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.


The website originally reported that “After just 3 years on the market, the OB Tape sling was permanently recalled in 2006 due to numerous serious complications experienced by women who received the device during bladder surgery.”  It has been brought to our attention that an erroneous report that the ObTape was recalled appeared in the Journal of Urology in 2007 and that Mentor demanded a retraction from the authors acknowledging the error.  The retraction was printed in a subsequent Volume of the Journal of Urology.  We have learned that the statement that previously appeared on this site that the ObTape was “recalled” is incorrect.  According to the retraction printed in the Journal of Urology, the “marketing of ObTape was discontinued because of an introduction of a second generation product” by Mentor Corp. in March 2006.  We pride ourselves in delivering accurate information on, apologize for this error and formally retract the statement as it appeared on the site suggesting recall of the ObTape.

Published November 17, 2011 by