Mesh implant problems prompts NHS ban

pelvic mesh inquiry

We are very pleased to see that the NHS has finally put a ban on mesh operations as a result of continuing mesh implant problems.

Mesh implant problems have been known for a long time now, and the complications that patients can suffer from are often permanent and incredibly severe. There have been a number of investigations leading to the MHRA previously suggesting that the benefits outweighed the risks of the procedure, before the introduction of guidelines introduced by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). Now, there is a total pause on the procedures altogether in most cases.

We welcome the news as we have been advising people who have suffered mesh implant problems for years.

The horrifying mesh implant problems patients are at risk of

The nature of the mesh implant problems that patients can be at risk of are truly horrifying. In the worst-case scenarios, they can include:

  • Erosion of the mesh implant device and / or the vaginal tissue;
  • Internal injuries like organ perforation (e.g. perforation of the bladder or bowel during the surgery);
  • Sexual function problems, including pain (dyspareunia) during sexual intercourse;
  • Reduced mobility;
  • Prolapsing;
  • Device protrusion that will require surgery to rectify;
  • Incontinence;
  • Nerve damage that can lead to permanent pain and numbness;
  • Neuromuscular problems (i.e. muscular impairment).

In some cases, the pain that women have been suffering is so bad that it can leave them with permanent vaginal and / or abdominal pain. Some victims who have been suffering with the worse forms of mesh implant problems have been left unable to walk or work at all. This has led to huge compensation claims being made by victims.

Other mesh implant problems that should be temporary but have lasted longer for some women also include bleeding and infections.

What can victims who are suffering mesh implant problems do?

Victims suffering with mesh implant problems may be entitled to claim for medical negligence compensation now that the dangers of these devices are being more formally acknowledged.

Although the NHS ban is not a total and permanent ban on the use of transvaginal tape and transvaginal mesh, it may be a step toward greater clarity and justice for those women who have suffered the worst side-effects from undergoing the procedure.

We know that some mesh implant problems can stem from surgical technique or the expertise of the surgeon, and the quality of the advice given to patients, as well as there being the question mark over the safety of the devices. There’s a lot to keep looking at as we endeavour to make sure that any victim of negligence is entitled to receive the justice they deserve.

Contact the team for help and advice today

Please contact our team for help and advice today about claiming for mesh implant compensation if you have suffered as a result of undergoing the procedure.

IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.

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