Tag: NHS Mesh Operations

The importance of greater awareness of vaginal mesh complications

nerve damage from vaginal mesh

News coverage of women’s stories and treatment reviews has led to a greater awareness of mesh complications in recent years, but there is still work to be done to ensure that the issue receives the attention it merits.

The criticism of vaginal mesh and its potentially harmful side-effects has led to an adjustment in NHS policy, recommending that the devices should only be used in certain circumstances. However, vaginal mesh is still approved by some medical product regulators, and little has been done to address the past mistreatment that patients have faced in some cases.

We cannot right the wrongs that have been done, but we can use our medical negligence expertise to support those affected by mesh complications to claim compensation. When medical professionals breach the duty they owe to their patients, it is important to ensure that they are held accountable for any harm caused.

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Prolapse from mesh – one of many potential complications

multiple revision surgeries required

Vaginal mesh is a type of medical device specifically designed to treat female health problems, including stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Unfortunately, for some women, these mesh implants have proved to be completely unfit for purpose. Not only can vaginal mesh cause intense pain, but it could also erode through vaginal tissue and other organs, meaning that prolapse from mesh could also occur.

It is completely unacceptable that so many mesh implants have proved incapable of serving the purpose for which they were designed. Some women’s lives have drastically changed in the wake of mesh complications, and the suffering must not go without justice for victims.

As specialists in medical negligence, we want to use our expertise to help victims of vaginal mesh to achieve the justice they deserve. It may be impossible to reverse the health problems you have suffered, but we can assert your rights using the law to ensure those responsible are held accountable. To find out more about making a claim, you can contact us today or leave your details in our online form to schedule a call-back.

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Can I claim vaginal mesh compensation?

Surgery and operations

In the past few years, many victims of the complications of vaginal mesh have come forward to report the pain and injury they have been caused. As medical negligence specialists, victims of poor healthcare treatment have often asked us: “can I claim compensation?”. We can confirm that, if there is evidence of medical negligence or general liability, those affected by mesh implant complications may be able to claim compensation for the harm caused.

Vaginal mesh has been approved by the MHRA, the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, and has been used in the NHS for many years. Their use has recently been subjected to severe criticism but has still not been permanently banned.

We believe that the mesh implant scandal could constitute one of the most wide-reaching negligence cases ever seen in the UK. It is horrifying that so many patients have had their health and well-being compromised drastically by a device that was supposed to help them, which is why we want to help as many victims as we can to claim the compensation they deserve.

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Vaginal mesh complications can leave women feeling suicidal

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Despite their long-term approval by medical product regulators and the NHS, vaginal mesh implants have been associated with a number of incredibly harmful and debilitating medical complications. Unfortunately, the side-effects of mesh implants do not always stop at physical pain and injury, as they can also have a severe impact on victims’ mental health. In some cases, it can provoke depression, and can even leave women feeling suicidal.

With such severe consequences at stake, it is unacceptable that vaginal mesh implants have been used so widely across the NHS for so many years. In fact, we believe that many of the affected women may have been victims of some form of medical negligence. This could be where their doctors chose to recommend mesh surgery when there were better alternatives, or where people were harmed due to surgical mistakes, or where there has been a failure to warn patients of the risks of vaginal mesh implants. In some of these cases, victims may be eligible to make compensation claims.

Even with our years of experience in medical negligence claims, we have seen few treatment scandals of this scale and nature. We know that nothing can reverse the harm and trauma caused to victims in some cases, so we want to ensure that you receive the financial support you deserve to help you manage your condition if this is all that can be done for you.

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Vaginal mesh – involuntary bladder leakage

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Though vaginal mesh is often known for its use to treat pelvic organ prolapse, it has also been used to treat stress urinary incontinence. In fact, alongside other harmful complications, the mesh implants have been known to provoke involuntary bladder leakage proving that, in some cases, vaginal mesh can be entirely unfit for purpose.

After many women have reported complications associated with vaginal mesh, the UK paused their use for treating urinary incontinence, except in cases where was is no alternative course of treatment. The pause prompted questions about why these safety concerns were not raised before vaginal mesh became such a widespread treatment option.

The potential complications associated with vaginal mesh can often be debilitating, forcing some patients to make huge changes to their way of life. If the affected women had known they would suffer these complications, we believe that they would never have agreed to the procedure, which is why we think medical negligence may be at play. If you have been subjected to complications that you were not properly warned about, contact us for free, no-obligation advice about your right to claim.

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Losses and expenses claims for vaginal mesh implants

Costs, Losses and Expenses

With many patients experiencing severe, life-altering complications as a result of vaginal mesh implants, the criticism of the treatment has been mounting in recent years. Many victims’ testimonies reveal the profound pain and suffering they have been forced to endure, demonstrating that the emotional impact for those affected can be severe. However, there can also be practical, financial implications for victims meaning that, when a compensation claim is made, it is also possible to obtain a pay-out to cover losses and expenses.

As experts in medical negligence and group action claims, we believe that medical professionals and product regulators may have a lot to answer for regarding the use of vaginal mesh implants. It appears that many patients were unaware of the risks involved in the treatment when they agreed to it, meaning that they may have been poorly advised by their medical team.

While the effects of mesh implants can be largely irreversible, a compensation claim can help to achieve justice for any harm caused. Do not hesitate to contact us for advice if you think you may have been affected.

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Should there be a vaginal mesh ban?

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In November 2017, the health watchdog NICE issued a recommendation for a vaginal mesh ban. The month before, the government opposed calls to ban the treatment.

These two opposing viewpoints provide just one example of the controversy that still surrounds vaginal mesh implants, which have faced criticism both in the UK and across the world.

The mesh implants, which are used to treat issues such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), have widely been condemned by women who have undergone the treatment, many of whom now have irreversible complications and constant pain.

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TVT mesh complications

Surgery and operations

The use of transvaginal tape (TVT) and mesh has caused some patients to suffer from serious pain and irreversible damage arising from TVT mesh complications.

TVT and TVM have been used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) for years. This is despite the record number of women who have been reporting complications and catastrophic damage from these devices since 2008.

The use of mesh implant devices has been dramatically reduced in recent years, but only in July 2018 did the NHS put a pause on their use in most cases. Despite this, transvaginal mesh and tape is still used in certain ‘unavoidable’ cases and still can still cause TVT mesh complications to this day.

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Claim for neuromuscular problems from vaginal mesh surgery

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Transvaginal mesh and transvaginal tape surgery can cause many complications. One of the more serious complications that can arise after surgery is neuromuscular problems. This means that your muscles can be impaired, and this can lead to many issues for patients.

The number of complications that could arise from transvaginal mesh or transvaginal tape surgery is huge. For a long time now, women around the world have been suffering from serious and lifelong issues, and complications can be so bad, in some cases, that women are left worse off than before their surgery.

Anyone who has suffered problems and complications from vaginal mesh surgery, including neuromuscular problems, could be eligible to make a compensation claim. For eligible clients, we can offer No Win, No Fee legal representation.

Speak to our expert legal team today to discuss your compensation claim today.

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Private treatment costs in pelvic mesh compensation claims

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In some pelvic mesh compensation cases, you could be eligible to claim for private treatment costs as part of a No Win, No Fee legal case.

There are a few ways that you could claim for such costs. If certain conditions are met as part of a claim for compensation, these costs can be factored into a claim, and we have outlined this below for you.

Treatment can be an incredibly important part of a legal case given how severe problems and complications of vaginal mesh can be.

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