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What is Obturator Neuralgia?
Obturator Neuralgia is an uncommon cause of medial thigh pain that does not extend below the knee and occurs most often after trauma. Mesh implants, pelvic fractures, gunshot wounds, and occasionally childbirth have been implicated in the development of obturator neuralgia.
Obturator Neuralgia Symptoms
- Groin pain
- Hip pain
- Pain with sitting
- Tailbone pain
- Anorectal pain
- Burning/stabbing pain
- Labia majora pain/burning
- Clitoral pain or numbness
- Severe pain that makes vaginal penetration impossible
- Inability to wear tight pants
- Painful bladder/Painful bladder filling
Vaginal Mesh FDA Warning
In July 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to patients and healthcare providers regarding adverse health complications which may result from the placement of mesh implants for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The agency stated that when used for these purposes, serious complications are not rare and there was no clear evidence that transvaginal mesh repair is any more effective than traditional treatment methods, which are not as risky.
FDA said the risk of complications was directly related to the mesh and not due to surgical error. Statistical analysis revealed that pelvic pain occurred in 5.5-8.5% of patients and painful sex (dyspareunia) occurred in 1.6-7.3% of patients. The agency concluded by determining that pelvic pain is an unacceptable postoperative outcome caused by the vaginal mesh.
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What Does Obturator Nerve Pain Feel Like?
A woman with obturator neuralgia may describe a deep ache in the region of the adductor origin at the pubic bone that increases with exercise; the pain may radiate down the medial aspect of the thigh toward the knee. The weakness in these patients usually worsens with exercise.
How Do You Treat Obturator Pain?
For most patients with obturator neuralgia, a combination of treatments typically offers the best chance for a full recovery. Treatment options may include:
- Surgery to remove vaginal mesh implant or transobturator sling
- Surgery to relieve pressure on the pudendal nerve
- Sit up straight or stand more often to help with nerve pain
- Don’t do squats or cycle
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medications
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What is Obturator Nerve Entrapment?
Obturator neuralgia can be caused by entrapment of the obturator nerve. This can occur when mesh implants press against the nerve itself. Mesh implants may also cause inflammation or the overgrowth of scar-tissue. Surgical mistakes during implantation of the mesh are also linked to obturator neuralgia, nerve entrapment, and chronic pain.
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Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one developed obturator neuralgia after receiving a vaginal mesh implant or transobturator sling, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.