NHS Mesh Operations 'Suspended' Due To Risks

NHS Mesh Operations Suspended Due To Risks

NHS England has jumped to suspend Trans-Vaginal Mesh operations amid 'life-threatening' safety concerns. Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitor Sylvia Taylor takes up the story....

You may have seen on the likes of BBC, ITV, Sky News and more - as well as in the newspapers - about the plight of the thousands of women who have been fitted with the trans-vaginal mesh for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

Although many thought NICE had banned the use of this in December 2017, the reality is that the mesh can still be used to treat stress urinary incontinence and to repair hernias in men or women, although the mesh repair for pelvic organ prolapse should now only be used for research purposes.

The mesh is made of polypropylene and is designed to be permanent. For years, women who had the mesh fitted had been complaining of abdominal/vaginal pain, neuropathic pain, difficulty in walking, bleeding or infections and pain on intercourse. Many have subsequently undergone further surgery, which has found problems arising from mesh erosion and nerve damage caused by the surgeon following the manufacturer’s instructions.

The likelihood is that the women were told that undergoing the procedure would cure or improve their stress urinary incontinence and that it was a procedure that would allow them to go home the same day. Even after undergoing the procedure, if a complaint of pain soon after, it is unlikely that the surgeon would have considered that the pain was due to the mesh. 

So what can be done?

If you have undergone the procedure and are looking to pursue a claim for compensation you will need to consider the following matters:-

  • What were you told before consenting to the operation? 
  • Was there a discussion about any treatment you had tried and were you given any information as to other treatment options available?
  • Were you warned about erosion of the mesh?
  • Was the surgeon experienced in carrying out the procedure? 
  • Were you given an opportunity to go away and think about matters? 
  • If you had known of the risks would you still have proceeded?

If you or someone you know has been affected and you would like some advice, please contact a member of our team who will be able to assist.