Vaginal Mesh & Transvaginal Tape (TVT) Injury Claims
The TVT/vaginal mesh procedures were designed to treat women suffering from Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) or Pelvic Organ prolapse (POP).
In the 1960’s the treatment for SUI or POP was Buch Colposuspension whereby the neck of the bladder was sewn to the public bone either by laparoscopic or open surgery. This procedure was highly successful and the procedure of choice for most female patients suffering SUI more commonly following childbirth.
In the early 1990’s tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) grew in popularity and became the treatment of choice for most surgeons. However many women have suffered serious complications following the TVT and mesh surgery, complications that they were not aware of prior to undergoing the procedure.
Injuries suffered following Mesh – TVT Insertion
Victims of the procedure have reported unbearable and serious complications following surgery. Such injuries include:
- Urinary incontinence – the very problem the surgery was designed to cure!
- Pelvic Floor and Vaginal Pain;
- Urinary retention;
- Vaginal Bleeding;
- Nerve Damage;
- Pain during intercourse;
- Auto immune problems;
- Mesh Erosion;
- Bowel Injuries;
- Further bladder injuries.
Types of Claims that can be made
If you have been affected following surgery you may be able to claim compensation for the pain you have endured and to cover the cost of any corrective treatment that may be required or rehabilitation that may assist you.
There are four potential claims that can be made for people who have been affected:
The surgeon completing your surgery must have had appropriate training in vaginal mesh and TVT surgery and must be competent and confident enough to perform the surgery.
There are a range of surgical errors that have occurred during this procedure that should not have occurred. Such errors include:
- Badly implanted Mesh/TVT;
- Organ Perforation;
- Retained surgical products including instruments and surgical gauze;
- Wounding muscles or nerves during the surgery;
- Failed removal of the mesh/TVT
Lack of Consent
Before undergoing any form of surgery your surgeon must discuss with you the risks associated with the treatment and provide you with alternative treatment options if any are available.
In cases surrounding vaginal mesh and TVT surgery there are conservative treatments that are available such as lifestyle changes, pelvic floor exercises or medication. There are also alternative surgeries that are available and the risks and benefits of the same should be made clear to you.
More often than not we see that surgeons advise of their preferred method of treatment without providing alternatives and without fully informing the patient of all of the risks involved. If this has happened to you, you may be able to bring about a claim.
Delays in follow up treatment
When post-operative complications occur it is imperative that specialist treatment or opinion is sought quickly as delays will not only prolong your pain and suffering but may prevent you from being able to undergo corrective procedures.
If you have encountered unreasonable delays for follow-up care you may be able to bring about a claim.
Defective Product Claim
It is known that the mesh and tape products used in surgery are made from synthetic materials. These materials have a range of different properties and differing levels of durability. Some synthetic mesh materials may be higher risk than other synthetic materials, as there could be a higher chance of these being absorbed into the surrounding tissues or simply not lasting as long, causing further complications for the patient. Many mesh and tape manufacturers have failed to carry out sufficient research into the potential problems with the materials they use.
As such, there is limited information and research to enable surgeons to make informed decisions about whether or not to use these products in surgery. Unfortunately, this has a negative knock-on effect as patients are not fully informed about the potential risks of using the mesh or tapes and this can mean that patients have not adequately consented to the surgery.
If you have experienced problems with a mesh or tape product which you consider to be defective, you may be able to bring a claim.
One client of Michael Lewin Solicitors commented:
“When I woke from my TVT Operation I noticed pain in my right Groin…The day after I had excruciating pain in my groin, lower back, my buttocks and hip radiating down my leg into my big toe….5 Weeks on I am an emotional wreck, still in pain, still taking prescribed pain relief”
“On Recommendation, I contacted Michael Lewin Solicitors and Spoke to Rachel, she was so professional, understanding, kind and very reassuring to my current situation. I then had a home visit from Rachel and Carol which reassured me further.
I feel I am no longer alone and being listened to and the pressure has been lifted. I would highly recommend their services for medical negligence”
A public enquiry at this stage is too little too late for the women already affected but we are hopeful that this will prevent further harm being caused.
We urge all women who have been affected following a mesh insertion to come forward and seek help as soon as possible. Our all-female, compassionate and dedicated team are on hand to offer free confidential advice to anyone who has been affected.
To find out more about this story you can visit the Vaginal Mesh Impants and Transvaginal Injury Claims page here or contact us today by calling us on 0113 200 9798 or filling out the enquiry form above.
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