A woman has filed suit against the manufacturer of a mesh product that she claims caused damage to her vaginal lining, resulting in significant pain.

Maria Truex claims doctors inserted an Obtruator TVT mesh Gynecare and Xenoform into her during a surgical procedure in Aug. 10, 2009. The products were manufactured by defendants Johnson and Johnson and Boston Scientific, according to the complaint filed Aug. 7 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

The mesh, however, failed to function as it should have, the suit states.

After the mesh is inserted into the uterus, bacteria, fungus and yeast adhere to it. This can cause immune reactions and the breakdown of the tissue, the complaint says.

The manufacturers of the product have heavily promoted it, despite its propensity to cause pain, and have misrepresented the risks associated with it, Truex claims.

The mesh has a history of contracting once inside a woman’s body, resulting in taut sections of mesh that cause extreme pain, according to the complaint. Because of this, some women are required to undergo additional surgical procedures, the suit states.

In her complaint, Truex is seeking a judgment of more than $150,000, plus costs, attorney’s fees and other relief the court deems just.

John J. Driscoll of The Driscoll Firm in St. Louis will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-410.

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