An incontinence sling is a medical device designed to treat female stress urinary incontinence, a condition characterized by the involuntary loss of urine that occurs during physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise.

Commonly referred to as a vaginal sling, an incontinence sling is surgically placed under the bladder during a minimally invasive procedure and basically acts as a hammock for the vaginal wall. Once in place, an incontinence sling helps support the bladder and reinforce the muscles that control urine flow from the body.

Incontinence slings have been around for about 100 years, and for a long time, were considered the “gold standard” in stress urinary incontinence treatment. In recent years, however, studies have linked incontinence slings to widespread complications. One study, for example, estimated that seventeen to eighteen percent of women who received the OB Tape vaginal sling experienced complications.

Vaginal Incontinence Sling Side Effects

Studies have shown that incontinence slings may block needed oxygen

and nutrients from reaching vaginal tissue, which can lead to potentially serious side effects. The most common side effect reported by patients who received a vaginal incontinence 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 a vaginal incontinence sling include:

  • extreme pain
  • impaired healing
  • vaginal extrusions
  • urinary tract erosion
  • abscesses
  • recurrence of incontinence

Treatment of the various types of incontinence sling complications may require additional surgical procedures (some of them to remove the sling), IV therapy, blood transfusions, and drainage of hematomas or abscesses.

Incontinence Sling Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has experienced serious incontinence sling complications, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost compensation, pain and suffering, and more.

To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact our law firm today for a free and confidential case evaluation by a qualified incontinence sling side effects attorney.

Published November 17, 2011 by