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pelvic mesh frequently asked questions

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. 
Most commonly, pelvic mesh uses are to help treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.  
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: 
  1. anterior prolapse – where the bladder pushes against the front vaginal wall 
  1. posterior wall prolapse – where the bowel pushes against the back vaginal wall 
  1. uterine prolapse – where the womb pushes down into the vaginal area 
  1. 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  
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. 
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). 
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 
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. 
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