Mesh implants can be used to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, but a number of women who have been fitted with the implants have developed complications and suffered injury.
The use transvaginal mesh implants in Scottish hospitals has been suspended due to concerns about the complications associated with these procedures. A number of manufacturers have withdrawn their products from the market and alternative procedures which do not involve synthetic implants are often offered to women suffering from incontinence or prolapse. In Australia, a landmark court ruling found in favour of women injured by Johnson & Johnson mesh devices. This decision has been upheld on appeal.
Symptoms Associated with Mesh Implants
A few symptoms have been identified that may be associated with mesh implants. These include:
- Revision surgery
- Urination problems
- Mesh protrusion through the vaginal wall
- Mesh erosion
- Perforation of bladder or bowel
- Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Mesh Implant Claims
If you have had a mesh implant in the last few years, there are a few things to consider:
- If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible to make sure that nothing is wrong with your mesh implant
- If you are worried about your mesh implant – even if you are not experiencing any symptoms – it might be worth having it checked anyway
- You may also be entitled to make a No Win No Fee compensation claim – we already act for a number of mesh victims and are here to help you
The Scottish Government has established a support fund open to those who have suffered complications as a result of a transvaginal mesh device implanted in Scotland. An application for a one-off payment of £1,000 can be made via the Scottish Government Mesh Fund application form on the National Services Scotland website.
Talk to Thompsons on 0800 0891 331 to see if we could help you make a claim.