As stories of vaginal mesh complications continue to emerge, many of those who have suffered from the implants are seeking treatment to lessen or stop the pain and injuries they have faced. However, the difficulties of vaginal mesh removal can mean that some of the harmful consequences are, unfortunately, irreversible.
Vaginal mesh implants, used to treat things like urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, have been the subject of controversy for many years. While approved by the UK regulator, the MHRA, the issue of serious complications can be shocking, with many women speaking out about the complications that they have suffered. In response, we have taken on claims from many women affected by the implants, who we believe are eligible to claim compensation for the harm they have been caused.
Why is vaginal mesh removal difficult?
Vaginal mesh removal can be notoriously difficult to execute because medical professionals did not anticipate that it would be needed. The mesh implants are intended as permanent solutions to problems like incontinence and prolapse, so they are not designed for easy removal.
Even some surgeons who implanted the mesh devices had not been trained to remove them, and the number of professionals equipped to execute this procedure can be low.
However, when a surgeon willing to carry the procedure is found, there is still no guarantee of an effective turnaround in a patient’s symptoms. Some women who were told that they were having a full vaginal mesh removal later found out that some of the material was still inside their bodies. Although partial removal is sometimes all that can be done, it is horrifying that some women were given the hope of a reversal of their symptoms, only to continue to suffer pain because of the remaining mesh.
In some cases, patients are left severely incapacitated by the removal procedures themselves, taking months or even years to recover from the traumatic surgery, if they ever can recover at all.
Making a claim for complications
While the complications can vary widely in their effects, some of the problems include erosion of the vaginal issue, perforation of the bladder or bowel, erosion of the mesh, internal bleeding and infection, and nerve damage. In some cases, the mesh becomes unfit for the purpose for which it was designed, as patients can suffer a relapse of incontinence and prolapse problems.
Not only could some patients claim for these complications, they may also be able to claim for any difficulties arising from vaginal mesh removal surgeries. When they originally agreed to the mesh treatments, many women were kept in the dark about the potential for serious complications, such that they were not able to give informed consent. Now, it appears that some women have similarly been kept ignorant of the extent to which the mesh can be removed and misled about the procedure’s capacity for success.
It seems that few lessons have been learnt, which makes it all the more vital that those affected claim compensation.
Claim to enact change
A vaginal mesh compensation claim can help for enacting lasting change surrounding the use of these harmful implants. Vaginal mesh issues is one of the most wide-reaching medical negligence issues in recent years, and we encourage affected women to come forward and make their voices heard.
You could be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation. Adding your case to our roster may help to ensure that no more women have to suffer the harmful complications of vaginal mesh implants.
Whilst no amount of compensation may relieve what you have had to go through, it can allow for some form of justice. Speak to our team for free, no-obligation advice today.
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First published by Matt on March 23, 2021
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