A Madison County woman is suing the makers of a pelvic repair product after she allegedly had to have it surgically removed because of pain.
Sheila O'Brien filed the lawsuit Oct. 3 in Madison County Circuit Court against Coloplast Corporation and Coloplast Manufacturing US LLC.
According to the complaint, O'Brien underwent surgery in November 2009 at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.
O'Brien says she had Restorelle transvaginal mesh implanted to treat the conditions. O'Brien claims she visited her doctor several times after the surgery to complain about the daily pain she was having because of the mesh.
On three separate occasions beginning in May 2013, O'Brien claims she has had surgery to remove the Restorelle Mesh and will likely have to undergo other procedures. She says she has also learned Restorelle Mesh is the same product associated with severe pain and a risk of permanent damage in other patients.
O'Brien accuses Coloplast of negligence, alleging the company knew of the product's defective design yet hid the issues from the consumer. She says the company is liable for her injuries. Coloplast is also accused of fraud, unjust enrichment and breach of warranty. O'Brien asks for an unspecified amount of money in damages for medical expenses, lost income and court costs.
Attorney John J. Foley of Alton represents O'Brien. They request a jury trial.
Madison County Circuit Court case number: 14-L-1355.