Surgical mesh procedures can be incredibly complex. Unfortunately in some instances of medical negligence, they can leave patients with further health problems that could have been avoided.
We help patients who feel they were not able to give informed consent before their surgery. It is paramount for doctors to inform their patients of every risk involved with mesh surgery, and the complications that could arise afterwards. Unfortunately in some cases, doctors fail to disclose this information, and many patients say if they had known the risks, they would have declined the procedure.
Surgical mesh FAQs
Many people who undergo this type of surgery may feel uncomfortable seeking legal action in terms of mesh litigation, or may not know what their options are. Our team are dedicated to helping patients who are suffering as a result of medical negligence and will provide support every step of the way.
We’ve answered some frequently asked questions below to help:
What is surgical mesh?
Synthetic polypropylene and biological mesh is most commonly used as part of the surgical process to treat women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse, following childbirth or a hysterectomy procedure.
Surgical mesh can be made from the following materials:
- absorbable or non-absorbable synthetic polymers
- biologic acellular collagen
- a combination of the above
Treating vaginal problems with surgical mesh
Vaginal mesh, known a transvaginal tape (TVT) is used to help repair and support weak, damaged tissue within the vaginal area. Tissue can become damaged through hysterectomy procedures, childbirth, menopause and other factors.
Treating pelvic organ prolapse with surgical mesh
Pelvic organ prolapse is defined as the bulging of one or more of the pelvic organs (uterus, vagina, bowel and bladder) into the vagina. A preferred treatment for this can be surgical mesh, or pelvic mesh.
Treating hernias with surgical mesh
Surgical mesh is sometimes a preferred treatment for hernias, as it prevents organ movement and can stop the hernia from worsening. It can also help stop hernias from returning.
Treating rectal prolapse with surgical mesh
Surgical mesh can also be used to help treat rectal prolapses. Rectal prolapses can be caused by constipation, damage to the pudendal nerve in the pelvis, childbirth, or conditions that cause excess coughing such as cystic fibrosis.
Can surgical mesh get infected?
Yes, unfortunately this can happen. With the right medical care, the chance of infection following a procedure should be low. However, infections can still occur. The main symptom of infection is increased pain and fever, so if you have mesh surgery and experience these, it’s important to seek medical help as soon as possible.
Patients who suffer from infection may be eligible to file a surgical mesh lawsuit and receive compensation for the medical negligence they endured. Call us on 0808 164 0808 to discuss further.
I’m not sure whether I gave informed consent or not. What should I do?
It’s always best to speak with a legal professional in this instance. If you’re recovering from mesh surgery and you’re facing new health complications as a result, you may be eligible to bring a surgical mesh compensation claim.
How to claim medical negligence
The first step is to speak with a legal professional. It’s our job to get a true understanding of your situation before accessing your medical records for a further assessment. Then, we follow a process of gathering evidence to support your claim.
How long do I have to make a surgical mesh compensation claim?
You have three years from the date of the negligence to file a mesh implant lawsuit or within three years of the date you had knowledge that the injury/complication you have suffered was as a result of the mesh implant. If you’re unsure about this, we advise you to start your claim as soon as you can.
Speak with our medical negligence lawyers for further support and guidance. Call us now on 0808 164 0808.
Contact our medical negligence lawyers today
If you’ve undergone mesh surgery and are facing complications as a result, or you feel as though you weren’t properly informed of the risks prior to having your surgery, you could be eligible to bring a claim and be awarded compensation.