Soon after it was introduced in 2003, the OB Tape vaginal sling, a  surgically implanted medical device designed to treat female stress urinary incontinence, began causing patients serious side effects. In fact, as many as seventeen to eighteen percent of the women who were implanted with the Mentor OB Tape vaginal sling began to experience side effects.

A study published in the October 2006 Journal of Urology discussed the widespread nature of the side effects caused by the OB Tape vaginal sling. Of 67 women who had been implanted with the OB Tape vaginal sling, more than 13 percent developed vaginal extrusions as a side effect. Additionally, eight women developed a chronic vaginal discharge, and one woman developed an abscess of the left thigh that tracked to the incision site. The study compared these patients to 56 others who had received another brand of vaginal sling. None of the patients who received the other brand of vaginal sling experienced the side effects seen with the Mentor OB Tape vaginal sling.

Most Common OB Tape Vaginal Sling Side Effects

Doctors eventually realized that a defect in the OB Tape vaginal sling’s design was the cause of patients’ side effects. Unlike most other vaginal slings which are made with a woven mesh design, the OB Tape vaginal sling is made of small-pored non-woven fibers, which can block vital nutrients and oxygen from reaching vaginal tissue, leading to various side effects.

The most common side effect reported by patients who received the OB Tape vaginal sling is vaginal erosion, which occurs when the tissue that makes up the vaginal wall breaks down or erodes. This is an extremely painful side effect that leads to chronic vaginal discharge and infection. Other common side effects reported by patients who received the OB Tape vaginal sling include:

  • extreme pain
  • impaired healing
  • vaginal extrusions
  • urinary tract erosion

OB Tape Vaginal Sling Side Effects Attorney

If you received an OB Tape vaginal sling and experienced serious side effects, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by