Vaginal mesh, while still in use for things like the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, has caused severe complications for thousands of women. As a treatment that is designed to be permanent, the mesh can be difficult – or even impossible – to remove. As such, many patients are forced to live with permanent problems relating to their health and well-being.
Those who have experienced complications often had no idea that such risks were involved, which means that there can be ethical issues with regard to the treatment they have been given. For patients who have been subjected to this questionable surgical procedure, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim if a medical professional is found to be at fault.
The Vaginal Mesh Lawyers are strong opponents of this risky treatment. We are here to help anyone who has fallen victim to the devastating complications of vaginal mesh.
Possible permanent problems
The potential complications that can be induced by vaginal mesh can include:
- Mesh erosion through the vagina;
- Urinary problems (including incontinence);
- Pain during sexual intercourse;
- Organ perforation;
- Recurrence of prolapse.
The issues listed above are incredibly concerning. However, to understand the real impact of these in medical terms, one must hear the everyday cost it has for the victims when it comes to the permanent problems that they must endure.
For example, some women have reduced mobility due to pain and restrictions caused by mesh, which has contorted out of place in the body, causing internal cutting and erosion. In practical terms, organ perforation can mean that the function of the affected organ is damaged, which can provoke any number of issues, including incontinence if the bowel, bladder or urinary tract are affected. It can also completely stop a person’s ability to work and function normally ever again.
Reasons for claiming compensation
As you can imagine, these side-effects can cause insurmountable upheaval to the lives of those affected. The permanent problems often wear away at their mental well-being too, with some reporting suicidal thoughts.
If a link can be made between the negligent actions of a doctor and these harmful consequences, a medical negligence claim could be made.
Two common sources of negligence in vaginal mesh cases are surgical mistakes and poor advice. Firstly, this notoriously risky procedure is difficult for some doctors to carry out safely, meaning they may inadvertently cut or wound patients when implanting the mesh. This can also be the case for removal procedures as well. In addition, the advice can be poor as some doctors have reportedly neglected to mention the risks and the extent of them involved in vaginal mesh treatment, meaning patients have been unable to give proper informed consent. Such errors are unacceptable, particularly given the drastic consequences they have had for the affected patients.
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Whether a vaginal mesh implant can be removed or not, there is no guarantee that the harmful complications it can cause will ever be resolved, so many affected patients must endure irreversible and permanent problems.
If you have been affected by pain and suffering due to vaginal mesh, you will know all too well that a compensation claim will never make up for these life-changing problems. However, it may help you to know that those responsible have been held to account for their actions, and that some form of justice can be awarded to you.
If you are considering making a vaginal mesh compensation claim, contact us directly for free, no-obligation advice today.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.