More than 75,000 women in England may be eligible to claim medical negligence compensation after vaginal mesh implants to treat incontinence and prolapse are said to be a danger to their health.
The twenty minute operation to treat bladder and vaginal injury and damage, often caused after childbirth or in menopausal women, includes the insertion of a plastic mesh made from polypropylene. The mesh is meant to be flexible and enable the patient to live a normal life, however once inside the body can become stiff and ridged, which can damage vital organs as well as cause patients huge discomfort. For some women, the pain and damage is so intense that they are unable to walk, work or have sex.
According to NHS data, over 75,000 women in England have had the procedure since 2006, but more patients are coming forward to have the operation reversed. (1)
Labour has called for an immediate halt to the use of vaginal mesh implants, with the shadow public health minister, Sharon Hodgson urging the government to stop medical professional from carrying out the operation before the safety of the vaginal mesh implant is debated in parliament. (2)
Compensation for Medical Negligence
The initial operation to insert the vaginal mesh is a non-invasive quick procedure, but to remove the mesh, which is designed to become embedded in the surrounding tissue, can require hours of surgery, with a risk of damage to surrounding nerves and organs including the bladder and the bowel. (3)
If you have suffered pain or discomfort after a vaginal mesh operation also known as transvaginal mesh implants and urogynaecological meshes, you should not suffer in silence. Thousands of patients in the UK could be eligible to claim for medical negligence compensation, whether you are suffering from physical pain and unable to work or have a normal sexual relationship after having a vaginal mesh fitted, or you are having to undergo further surgery to have the mesh removed. If you have experienced problems or complications after having a vaginal mesh implant you should report this to the MHRA and to your doctor immediately. For legal support regarding medical negligence compensation please contact our experienced team today on 0151 236 1222.