Oklahoma women join lawsuit against vaginal sling maker 

Some Oklahoma women are so upset with a California-based medical supply company that " well " it's safe to say they are pissed, per a recent story.


According to The Associated Press, the women are suing over a device used to treat urinary stress incontinence, called " bear with us, now " the ObTape Vaginal Sling.


In three lawsuits filed in late February, the women claimed the device, implanted surgically, caused "chronic pain, infections and erosion of vaginal tissues" (yikes!), along with other problems, AP reported.


The Oklahomans are among nearly three dozen people in Florida and Georgia already in litigation against the maker of the device, Mentor Corp. of Santa Barbara, Calif., according to the story.


Mentor did not immediately respond to a comment request, AP noted.


Henry Garrard III, of Athens, Ga., is with the law firm representing the Oklahoma women. Per AP, he called the ObTape Vaginal Sling a "time bomb sitting inside a woman's body that's ticking."


"We have found many women do not know they have this product inside their bodies," he said (!).


Garrard told AP possible lawsuits are also being pursued in at least seven other states, including Arizona, Ohio and New York.


After being on the market three years, ObTape was removed in 2006, according to AP. Some 36,000 devices are thought to have been sold in the States since their introduction. They were "marketed to treat urinary stress incontinence, a loss of bladder control due to childbirth, old age or other factors," AP reported.


What might have happened instead? According to some law professionals, like Metz Law Group out of Seattle, once implanted, the tape allegedly rubs on the top of the vagina until it penetrates its upper wall or causes a major irritation to it. Symptoms reportedly include "vaginal pain, vaginal discharge, chronic vaginal infections, pelvic pain, and pain during intercourse for both women and men," (!) according to the Metz Web site. Other times, ObTape allegedly has migrated elsewhere in the body, causing back, hip and leg pain, according to Metz.


Mary Snavely, 53, of Stillwater, described her symptoms to AP.


"It felt like someone had pulled my legs apart and just stretched them," she said at a news conference. "I was finally relieved to know what caused it; you keep wondering what was wrong with you."

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