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Ilioinguinal Nerve Block Lawsuit

Ilioinguinal Nerve Block Lawsuit

A growing number of women with vaginal mesh and obturator sling implants are suffering from chronic pain due to ilioinguinal nerve damage (neuralgia).

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting transvaginal mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with an ilioinguinal nerve block, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is the Ilioinguinal Nerve?

The ilioinguinal nerve is located in the lower back and groin areas. The nerve travels down from the lumbar spine, around the pelvis, and into the genital region. In women, this nerve provides sensation to the upper part of the skin of the inner thigh, mons pubis, and labia majora.

Vaginal Mesh Nerve Damage

Transvaginal mesh and obturator sling implants can damage the ilioinguinal nerve in several ways: 1) Direct injury to the nerve during surgery to implant the mesh; 2) Mesh erosion into the nerve itself; or 3) Scar-tissue growth around the implant causing “nerve entrapment.”

TOT Slings and Obturator Neuralgia

Another problem with many Transobturator (TOT) sling implants is that surgeons must blindly pass a needle through the retropubic space when inserting the sling. If the surgeon makes a tiny mistake, the woman may be left suffering from permanent ilioinguinal neuralgia.

Obturator / Ilioinguinal Nerve Entrapment

Ilioinguinal nerve entrapment is another complication of transvaginal mesh implants that can cause chronic pain. Over time, the nerve is trapped or compressed as a result of scar-tissue growth in the implant.

This complication may also be called “obturator nerve entrapment” because it is a side effect of Transobturator (TOT) slings that are implanted in women to treat urinary incontinence or organ prolapse.

Symptoms of Ilioinguinal Neuralgia

  • Chronic pain
  • Pain in the thighs
  • Pain in the labia majora
  • Weakening of the local muscle fibers, which can lead to hernia
  • Numbness or pain in the genital area
  • Sexual dysfunction due to pain or numbness
  • Changes in bladder / bowel function
  • Pudendal neuralgia
  • And more

What is an Ilioinguinal Nerve Block?

The ilioinguinal nerve can be severely damaged by transvaginal mesh implants and hernia surgeries, resulting in chronic pain and other devastating symptoms.

Treatment for pain relief commonly involves a procedure called an ilioinguinal nerve block, in which a doctor numbs the pain by injecting an anesthetic and anti-inflammatory steroids into the ilioinguinal nerve.

What is Obturator Neuralgia?

Obturator neuralgia is a painful health problem that is caused by entrapment of the obturator nerve as a result of vaginal mesh, scar-tissue, or inflammation. The symptoms include pain in the thigh or groin, leg weakness, and numbness in the thigh on one side.

Obturator Nerve Entrapment – Diagnosis & Treatment

The best test for diagnosing obturator neuralgia is electromyography (EMG) that shows lesions around the obturator nerve (also known as “obturator nerve entrapment”). This diagnosis can be confirmed by a local obturator nerve block, which involves the use of anesthetics to temporarily numb the pain. For long-term treatment, surgical decompression may be necessary.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Over 100,000 women who were injured by transvaginal mesh have filed lawsuits against several manufacturers. These lawsuits accuse manufacturers of selling dangerous medical devices. Settlements totaling nearly $8 billion have been paid to thousands of women.

Class Action Lawsuits

Instead of a class action, most lawsuits for women with vaginal mesh have been centralized in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2327) in West Virginia under U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

Our lawyers are filing individual lawsuits for women with ilioinguinal neuralgia and other side effects of transvaginal mesh. We want to work with you to seek financial compensation for your injury, medical treatment, long-term injuries, decreased quality of life, and more.

Do I have an Ilioinguinal Nerve Block Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting transvaginal mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with an ilioinguinal nerve block, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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