Vaginal Mesh and TVT Claims
[ Vaginal mesh or TVT (transvaginal tape) is used to treat urinary stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women after childbirth. ]
Mesh implants have been widely used in surgery across the UK as it was seen as a less invasive procedure with a shorter recovery time.
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- You can trust our lawyers to be sensitive, empathetic and considerate
- Our experienced lawyers have dealt successfully with several mesh claims including an out of court settlement for £80,000 for one claimant
- Our clinical negligence team is renowned for their expert knowledge and will guide you through the process and be with you every step of the way
- We have a very successful track record of claiming compensation for medical negligence cases
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For further information about our Vaginal Mesh Claims solicitors, please contact Jane Williams, Solicitor, on the number above or submit a secure enquiry form below.
Vaginal Mesh Surgery Symptoms and Complications
An increasing number of women have reported complications following vaginal mesh or TVT surgery, including:
- Pain in the pelvic area
- Mesh erosion/protrusion
- Irregular vaginal bleeding
- Bladder/bowel problems or changes
- Sexual issues including pain
- Pain in the buttocks or legs
If the bladder, bowels or urethra were damaged in the original repair surgery, these are likely to be linked to problems with the mesh. Removing mesh and tape can be a complex procedure but may be needed.
Vaginal Mesh Claims
The damage from vaginal mesh surgery can be life changing and sometimes irreversible. The team at Freeths have dealt with vaginal mesh claims for women who have suffered complications from this kind of surgery or repair surgery and we know how difficult life can be living with these kind of complications.
If you would like advice on how to bring a vaginal mesh claim, contact our specialist lawyers for help.
Freeths acted for Mrs B in connection with her claim for compensation and recovered £80,000 by way of an out of court settlement. Mrs B had agreed to mesh surgery for continence issues following childbirth without being advised that there were other options available to her. Freeths act for a number of women in similar situations and continue to recover compensation on their behalf.
How do I know if I can make a vaginal mesh claim?
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms following a mesh/TVT procedure then you could be entitled to make a claim. There are concerns that some surgeons were inadequately trained.
My vaginal mesh surgery was years ago, can I still claim?
Yes, as some complications have been known to only show up years after insertion of the mesh. The time limit for making a mesh claim is that it must be started within three years of the date you could have reasonably known that your injury was a result of medical negligence. If you are diagnosed by your GP that it is linked to your mesh surgery, you could be eligible to make a claim.
Was I given the right advice?
There is no standard advice, you should have received tailored advice for you before your procedure and you should have been made aware of the potential benefits of mesh/TVT in resolving your symptoms, as well as the potential risks involved and the risks of any alternative treatments or having no treatment at all.
Is vaginal mesh/TVT safe?
There is no evidence to show it is unsafe or give enough cause to ban it, although it has received a lot of criticism. In the UK the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHPRA) found that mesh used correctly was safe and produced good results for many people.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said that mesh may be better than alternatives for treating vaginal prolapse, but other reviews have been more critical and concerned at the number of poor outcomes.
Was my vaginal mesh put in properly?
As with most procedures, some people do have unavoidable reactions or outcomes, even if nobody has done anything wrong. However, if the mesh has eroded into your bladder, it may mean it was put in incorrectly. If you have any concerns you should visit your GP in the first instance.
Will it cost me anything to make a claim?
No. If you contact us we can explain the process and guide you through.
How long does a medical negligence claim take?
Every case is unique so there is no set time limit for the case to be settled.
As an average guideline, standard cases can take between 12 and 18 months to be settled, but this is by no means a definitive timeline.
Will I have to go to court?
It is possible that your case may ultimately be decided in court. Whilst the majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court, we always need to consider what a judge would decide if your case did go to court.
For further information about our Vaginal Mesh and TVT Claims solicitors, please contact Jane Williams, Partner, on 0116 248 1105 or submit a secure enquiry form.
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