Surgical mesh and transvaginal tape (TVT) compensation claims
Synthetic polypropylene and biological mesh, also known as TVT or transvaginal tape, is often used as part of the surgical process to treat women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse following childbirth or a hysterectomy. Pelvic organ prolapse is defined as the bulging of one or more of the pelvic organs (uterus, vagina, bowel and bladder) into the vagina. It should be noted that surgical mesh is also used to treat hernias and urinary stress incontinence.
The purpose of the surgical mesh is to provide extra support when repairing weakened or damaged tissue. However, an increasingly large number of women have reported complications following surgery using mesh, which is why an investigation was launched into the use of vaginal mesh by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. In October 2014 the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency published the results of its assessments into the benefits and risks of vaginal mesh implants and concluded that the benefit outweighed the risk and that there was not a sufficient enough body of evidence to remove these devices from the market. Since this report a large number of women have continued to call for a ban on the medical procedure.
Women are reporting a range of issues from the use of vaginal mesh, including:
• organ perforations
• sexual issues
• mobility issues
• serious nerve damage.
In many instances the manufacturers of the mesh or transvaginal tape, in the production of mesh or tapes from polypropylene or other synthetic materials, carried out insufficient research and provided insufficient warnings about possible problems and contra-indications to treating surgeons, so that there was an inadequate data basis for surgeons to make informed decisions as to the use of these products. Surgeons in these instances were as a consequence inadequately informed of particular risks, which meant that in advising patients and seeking their consent there was an inadequate basis for doing so.
In other instances, although the products themselves, properly used, were not defective, the pre-operation consent procedure, the operation procedure itself or the post-operative care was negligent, creating liability for subsequent injury to the patient against the treating NHS Trust or private healthcare organisation.
If you or a loved one has experienced health problems as a result of surgery and use of surgical mesh, trans-vaginal tape, vaginal mesh or a vaginal sling and would like to see if you have a compensation claim please contact our Defective Product lawyers and Clinical and Medical Negligence solicitors on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.