"Surgeons at the NHS have been given guidelines on Mesh surgery - don't suffer from poor surgery."

Mesh Claims

There are several surgical options, and this should be fully discussed with you prior to undergoing surgery. One of the surgical options, is mesh, but due to the many complications that result from this type of surgery it is imperative that the risks and complications are fully understood by the patient, this has been reinforced by the recent changes to NICE.

According to the NHS there are a small percentage of women who have suffered significant side effects after having surgery for vaginal mesh used in prolapse surgery.

The Government has released a paper to guide NHS surgeons to reduce the side effects after surgery using meshes. The paper refers to around 13,000 vaginal tape implants and 1,500 mesh implants for women with pelvic organ prolapse are used to treat women each year.

A summary of the NICE Guidelines on the use of vaginal mesh recommends clinicians who continue to treat POP with vaginal mesh should ensure that the patient clearly understands the long-term effects and any risks and complications. They are also to inform their Trust when carrying out such procedure. 

At NewLaw we understand that not all patients will suffer from having mesh surgery. However, we do not agree that anyone should have to go through such a traumatic experience, which can be life changing for the patient.  Sometimes it can take years for the side effects to occur after having mesh surgery. 

What is a Mesh?
A mesh looks like a net which is implanted via surgical means. 

Who is affected by Mesh Injuries?
All women can be affected by mesh injuries. Most commonly it is women who have had children or those with urinary incontinence or faecal incontinence, older woman, complications of the menopause, previous pelvic surgery, excessive straining, coughing and sneezing 

What are the common complications of having a mesh inserted?

  • mesh erosion
  • nerve damage
  • infection, including urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • hematomas
  • severe groin pain
  • dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse)
  • autoimmune problems
  • recurrent prolapse
  • organ perforation

What can I do?
If you or a family member have experienced complications following surgical treatment for SUI or POP, and it is causing you problems which is affecting your day to day living then, call our specialist medical negligence team on 0333 003 1909 or complete an enquiry form.

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