Undergoing a vaginal mesh procedure can be daunting and stressful. In some cases of medical negligence, it can also leave patients experiencing pain and in worse conditions than before the surgery.
Our medical negligence lawyers have helped individuals claim vaginal mesh compensation as a result of their pain and suffering. We also support patients who underwent surgery when full informed consent was not given. It is the duty of every medical professional to explain the risks of vaginal mesh surgery, so in cases where patients aren’t given this information, it would be medical negligence.
Vaginal mesh FAQs
We understand the severity of this type of surgery, and naturally there are many questions around it. To help you further, we’ve answered a few of these below. If you wish to discuss a matter further, call our vaginal mesh lawyers today on 0808 164 0808, or request a call back and we will call you.
What is vaginal mesh?
Vaginal mesh, or transvaginal tape (TVT) is the name given to surgical mesh that is inserted into the vagina, to help treat damaged muscle tissue in that area of the body.
Why is vaginal mesh used?
The purpose of TVT mesh is used to provide extra support when repairing weakened or damaged tissue. This damage can occur as a result of the following:
- pregnancy and childbirth
- being overweight
- heavy lifting or excess coughing (causing abdominal strain)
- undergoing a hysterectomy procedure
What complications can you get with vaginal TVT mesh tape?
Many women are reporting a range of issues from the use of vaginal mesh, and as such are going through the process of bringing claims for TVT surgery compensation. Below is a list of some of the complications you can get after the mesh is fitted:
- organ perforations
- sexual issues
- mobility issues
- serious nerve damage
We help many clients in this area. You can read an example of a case below:
This particular patient was diagnosed with urodynamic stress incontinence, which was causing severe vaginal and pelvic pain, and their gynaecologist recommended that they undergo vaginal mesh surgery to have sub-urethral tape inserted.
The patient was only given this option to treat their urodynamic stress incontinence. In actual fact, the gynaecologist made it clear that without the surgery, the patient would need a colostomy bag. After the surgery, the patient not only suffered increased pain and other problems, but also found out that the sub-urethral tape they had was almost impossible to remove.
We supported this patient on their journey to find answers as to why they weren’t given vital information in the beginning. “I instructed Lime Solicitors to get answers to questions which I was unable to get answers to. Had I have been told of all the risks associated with the mesh, I would never have agreed to the surgery in the first place.”
Can you tell me more about insufficient information regarding the risks of vaginal mesh?
You may be wondering more about the causes of vaginal mesh lawsuits. In many instances, the manufacturers of the mesh or transvaginal tape, in the production of mesh or tapes from polypropylene or other synthetic materials, carried out insufficient research. They failed to and provided insufficient warnings about possible problems and contra-indications to treating surgeons, so that there was an inadequate data basis for surgeons to make informed decisions as to the use of these products.
Surgeons in these instances were, as a consequence, inadequately informed of particular risks. This meant that in advising patients and seeking their consent there was an inadequate basis for doing so.
In other instances, although the products themselves were not defective, the pre-operation consent procedure, the operation procedure itself or the post-operative care was negligent. This created liability for subsequent injury to the patient against the treating NHS Trust or private healthcare organisation.
Has anything been done about vaginal mesh complications?
Over previous years many women have reported complications following surgery using TVT mesh. This is why an investigation was launched into the use of vaginal mesh by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
In October 2014 the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency published the results of its assessments into the benefits and risks of vaginal mesh implants, and concluded that the benefit outweighed the risk and that there was not a sufficient enough amount of evidence to remove these devices from the market.
Since this report, a large number of women have continued to call for a ban on the medical procedure.
How to claim medical negligence regarding a vaginal mesh and TVT procedure
If you’ve had vaginal mesh surgery and are experiencing a subsequent injury as a result of negligence regarding the procedure, you may be eligible to bring a surgical mesh compensation claim. We recommend you seek legal advice as soon as possible in this regard.
Call our expert medical negligence lawyers today on 0808 164 0808.
No win, no fee vaginal mesh compensation and TVT surgery claims
We carry out many of our vaginal mesh claims and other medical negligence claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means there are no upfront costs for you and, provided that you have not misled or acted against the advice that we have given to you, no financial risk to you – even if your TVT claim is not successful.
We are medical negligence specialists and our Clinical & Medical negligence team are rated as Tier 1 by Chambers 2017. Two of our Partners are recognised by the Law Society as being specialists in their field, and both are on the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel. We have extensive experience in transvaginal mesh lawsuits and are passionate about what we do, and are committed to ensure that we help in the maintenance of a safe and caring healthcare system.
Contact our team for further advice regarding TVT mesh lawsuits and claims
If you or a loved one has experienced health problems as a result of surgery and use of surgical mesh, trans-vaginal tape, vaginal mesh or a vaginal sling and would like to take your TVT compensation claim further, please get in touch with us today.