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.
Involuntary bladder leakage complications
Whether you have had a mesh implant to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, one possible complication is involuntary bladder leakage. This can come in the form of typical incontinence, or it can be caused when the vaginal mesh moves and cuts through the vaginal wall.
Known as perforation, the mesh can cut through the vaginal tissue and rupture organs, including the bladder, potentially causing involuntary bladder leakage.
In some cases, the only way to treat incontinence may be to use a catheter. To be faced with this treatment option after having the mesh implant specifically to treat incontinence is, understandably, very frustrating and upsetting for those affected, as well as physically debilitating.
Vaginal mesh compensation claims
The testimonies and statistics both suggest that many women might have been misled about the risks of vaginal mesh. For example, they may not have been made fully aware of the complications involved, or they may not have known that the treatment is, in the vast majority of cases, irreversible. In some cases, women may have been injured during surgery rather than after surgery, as it is possible for surgeons to hurt women when implanting the mesh. These examples can constitute medical negligence.
Vaginal mesh problems can cause pain, suffering and inconvenience, as well as causing additional losses and expenses that would not have otherwise affected you. In a claim, you may be able to recover compensation for all of these factors. For example, in terms of the financial impact, many women have to take time off work, either temporarily or permanently. As such, in a claim, we would aim to secure compensation for these lost earnings.
Make your claim
You may be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation. Although this cannot make up for the suffering you have endured, it can help to hold negligent medical professionals to account for the damage they have caused.
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