Making a surgical mesh claim
Many women were encouraged to have surgical mesh to solve urinary stress incontinence. They were assured that they would no longer leak and no longer be reliant upon sanitary towels.
However, a significant number of women who have had a surgical mesh procedure have actually been left in a worse state than they were prior to surgery, suffering from exacerbated urinary incontinence and acute abdominal pain.
The most common surgical mesh implants are tension fee vaginal tape (TVT), trans obturator tape (TOT) and mini-slings. Although these surgical mesh implants are not intended to be removed, lots of women have insisted they are taken out due the pain and urinary incontinence they are causing.
These women feel badly let down by the medical profession and surgical mesh victims are now turning to the law for advice, with some making surgical mesh claims.
There are of course risks with any surgical procedure. So in order to make a legal claim for compensation it is necessary to show that an avoidable error was made.
For example, was the surgery performed correctly? Or did the doctors fail to advise you of all the alternative treatment options prior to consenting to surgery?
To make a surgical mesh claim it is also necessary to show that the mesh has had an adverse impact on you. For instance, is your urinary stress incontinence now more severe? Do you suffer bleeding after sex? Do you have shooting pains in your groin? Have you been required to undergo further surgery to remove the mesh?
The National Institute for Health and Care excellence published recommendations in October 2018 confirming that surgical mesh should be used as a last resort. However, the Hospital Episode Statistics confirm that between 2014 and 2016, 23,742 operations were performed to fit vaginal mesh for urinary stress incontinence. If you are one of those women and you are now suffering as a result, our experts are here to help and can often work on a no win, no fee basis.