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Clinical Negligence Lawyer explains Dangers of Transvaginal Mesh

By Joint Head of Clinical Negligence, London & Cambridge

It is thought that around 13,000 Vaginal Tape implants are used every year to treat women suffering from stress urinary incontinence, and 1,500 mesh implants for women with pelvic organ prolapse arising most often as a result of hysterectomy, menopause or child birth explains Clinical Negligence Solicitor Emma Doughty.

These can be very distressing conditions and, for most women, the development of these new surgical techniques resulted in a welcome improvement in their quality of life.

However, it has become clear that there are real issues with the Transvaginal Mesh products. An increasing number of women are coming forward having suffered significant side effects after this type of surgery such as pain, sexual dysfunction, incontinence and even bowel perforation. Some research has put the failure rate for this type of product at 15% per year.

Severe complications like mesh erosion and organ perforation require revision surgery to resolve however, because synthetic surgical mesh was designed to stay in the body indefinitely, removal of the mesh is extremely difficult. The blood vessels and tissues grow around the mesh, requiring doctors to remove it in pieces, one surgery at a time. Sometimes it cannot all be removed and the effects are permanent.

Nearly 23,000 women in the U.S. are reported to have suffered adverse consequences as a result of Transvaginal Mesh and there are currently various claims pending there, manufacturers having withdrawn the product. In the UK, the MRHA has made recommendations to manufacturers about this product and continue to keep it under scrutiny. It is not yet clear how many women in the UK have suffered from the use of this faulty product.

If you believe that you have suffered harm as a result of a Vaginal Mesh, please contact Emma Doughty at Slater and Gordon Lawyers for a free confidential consultation.