The lawsuit was filed by Whitney R. G., a woman from Dallas, Texas, who was implanted with the Ethicon Gynecare Tension-Free Vaginal Tape Obturator (TVT-O) by Dr. Charmaine Oladell in December 2013.
Six weeks later, Whitney returned to Dr. Oladell complaining of spotting and bleeding. Dr. Oladell determined that she had a “non-healing surgical wound” and mesh erosion.
On January 28, 2014, Dr. Oladell performed surgery to remove the mesh. She continued to provide medical treatment to Whitney until August 2017.
Unfortunately, Dr. Oladell never told Whitney that there were still pieces vaginal mesh remaining in her body, or that any of her ongoing health problems might be related to the mesh implant, according to the lawsuit.
It was not until Whitney visited a different physician in July 2019 that she was informed that there was still vaginal mesh in her body. She suffered severe groin pain, lower back pain, and incontinence. The implant continues to cause her pain, suffering, and mental anguish.
The lawsuit was filed on August 1, 2019 in Dallas County, Texas — In RE: Whitney R. G. vs. Ethicon Women’s Health and Urology, a Division of Ethicon Inc.; Gynecare, a Division of Ethicon Inc.; Ethicon Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; and Charmaine K. Oladell, M.D. — Cause No. CC-18-04594-D.