Despite being used as a form of treatment for many years in the UK, vaginal mesh implants have been associated with incredibly harmful and debilitating complications for a long time now. The only hope of reversing these side-effects can be further surgery in some cases, but difficult mesh removal procedures are not easily available due to the expert knowledge and skill required to perform such an operation. In such cases, victims may be eligible to claim compensation to cover the cost of private surgery, and we may be able to assist with this in some cases.
These medical devices were conceived with the aim of treating problems like pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, but have proved to be unfit for purpose for many patients. The complications that can be caused by vaginal mesh can be irreversible, as the implants are designed to be permanent. Corrective or removal surgery can be possible in some cases, but it is not easy.
If you have been harmed by vaginal mesh that has arisen from negligence, you should not have to pay to treat a condition that has been caused through no fault of your own. A claim for the cost of private surgery could, in some cases, form part of a wider medical negligence claim to account for the injustice you have suffered at the hands of medical professionals.
Potential vaginal mesh complications
Vaginal mesh complications can vary from person to person, but they can include:
- mesh exposure/erosion (cutting through tissue).
- internal infections.
- chronic pain.
- nerve damage.
- reduced mobility.
- inhibited sexual function.
You can read more about pelvic mesh complications here.
Many of these complications can be incredibly hard to deal with in a victim’s everyday life, often forcing them to adjust their whole lifestyle. For the most part, as long as the vaginal mesh remains, the complications may remain, which is why removal surgery may be the only way to help.
The cost of private surgery for vaginal mesh complications
As previously mentioned, mesh removal is a complex procedure requiring specialist skills, which is why it is not so easily available. A private procedure is not affordable for the majority of people, as it can cost tens of thousands of pounds.
Some victims may be able to pursue a legal claim to recover the cost of private surgery, which is where we may be able to help. We are always honest when it comes to claims advice, so please do understand that vaginal mesh compensation cases are inherently difficult to win anyway. To be able to recover the cost of surgery, we will need to be able to establish that you have been the victim of negligence and then be able to make a viable claim against someone. If private surgery will help, that is when we may be able to factor this into a case.
We do need to assess claims on a case-by-case basis.
Your medical negligence claim
Via a medical negligence claim, not only may we be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering you have faced due to your mesh complications, we may be able to claim back money for the cost of private surgery in some cases. If you have not yet been able to pay for private surgery, we may even be able to register this claim as one for future expenses.
We know how traumatic it can be to suffer from vaginal mesh complications, but our expert team of lawyers can guide you down the path to justice. Nothing may be able to reverse your suffering entirely, but it is vital that those responsible are held to account.
To find out more about making a claim, contact us today for free, no-obligation advice.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.