Pelvic mesh is a type of synthetic netting, or surgical mesh, which is used to treat many different conditions, but largely pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
We understand the severity and sensitivity of these situations, and our team of expert medical negligence lawyers have plenty of experience helping individuals who have suffered as a result of medical negligence regarding pelvic mesh surgery.
Pelvic mesh FAQs
In order to provide further guidance, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions surrounding pelvic mesh below. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions that follow.
What is pelvic mesh surgery?
Pelvic mesh surgery is where an individual’s pelvic area is fitted with synthetic netting, designed to help repair and support weakened or damaged bodily tissue.
Pelvic mesh surgery can differ depending on the problem. For many women, the use of pelvic mesh is to help repair tissue that has become damaged through childbirth (vaginal mesh would be referred to here), whereas others may have the mesh fitted to support a different pelvic organ.
What is a pelvic mesh implant used for?
Most commonly, pelvic mesh uses are to help treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. You can find out more about each of these conditions below.
What is pelvic organ prolapse?
While pelvic organ prolapse is not life threatening, it can often be the source of major discomfort and cause the sufferer intense pain, hence the need for treatment of which one option is with pelvic mesh.
There are four main types of pelvic organ prolapse:
- anterior prolapse – where the bladder pushes against the front vaginal wall
- posterior wall prolapse – where the bowel pushes against the back vaginal wall
- uterine prolapse – where the womb pushes down into the vaginal area
- The fourth type of prolapse is where the top of the vagina begins to push downwards, and can be a result of womb removal surgery
What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?
Someone who suffers with pelvic organ prolapse may experience the following symptoms:
- a visible lump in or protruding from the vagina
- difficulty passing urine and/or stress incontinence
- pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse
- a sore “dragging” sensation within the vagina
- a heavy, bloated feeling in the lower abdomen or genital area
In some cases, pelvic organ prolapse can be minor and go unnoticed. It may not be discovered until an examination such as a cervical screening or biopsy procedure for other reasons is carried out.
What is stress urinary incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence is a condition where the tissue around the bladder becomes weak, and therefore can result in the involuntary passing of urine whenever the bladder or pelvis become strained (laughter, coughing, jumping or sneezing).
Treating this condition with pelvic mesh is said to be more effective than relying on grafting other tissue from the area, as it could already be damaged and lead to complications.
What are the pelvic mesh surgery complications?
Unfortunately not all pelvic mesh operations are successful. It may also be the case that a doctor has been negligent in the way they failed to provide a patient with alternatives before recommending the surgery.
Some typical pelvic mesh surgery complications can include:
- Badly-fitted mesh becoming dislodged during intercourse
- Abnormal bleeding or discharge
- A sudden surge in water infections
- Pain when passing urine
- Sharp spasms in the pelvic area
- Constant pain in the abdomen
If you display any of these symptoms post-surgery, it’s advisable to see your GP. If you’re suffering at the hands of medical negligence, either before or during the surgery, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Get in touch with our medical negligence lawyers today.
How long do I have to start the pelvic mesh litigation process?
You have 3 years from the date of the negligence, or date of knowledge, to make a claim for compensation. However due to the severity of these cases we recommend you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
Call us on 0808 164 0808 to discuss your case with one of our medical negligence experts.
Contact our pelvic mesh litigation solicitors today
If you’ve had pelvic mesh surgery to treat damaged tissue and are now facing complications, you could be eligible to bring a pelvic mesh compensation claim. You may also be eligible if you believe you weren’t properly informed of the risks involved with pelvic mesh surgery before you made your decision.