23 Dec Vaginal mesh implant claims
In recent years, vaginal mesh implants have been in the news frequently. In 2018, the Minister for Health paused any procedures involving vaginal mesh in HSE hospitals. Internationally, women have been taking legal action against manufacturers.
If you’ve suffered injuries as a result of vaginal mesh implants, our team of personal injury solicitors will advise you on your case. Get in touch today.
What are vaginal mesh implants?
Vaginal mesh implants are used to support internal organs. After experiencing childbirth or menopause, women’s internal pelvic organs sometimes move out of position. This can cause various problems, such as incontinence, discomfort or numbness. Many women received vaginal mesh implants to support their vaginal walls and prevent their organs from moving.
What can go wrong?
Most vaginal mesh treatments are successful, but some women experience complications which lead to pain and suffering.
Vaginal mesh implants sometimes erode or break into pieces. If it dislodges from the vaginal wall where it was implanted, it can stick into surrounding tissue and organs causing pain.
This can lead to internal injuries, such as:
- Tissue damage
- Urinary issues
- Vaginal bleeding
- Bowel or blood vessel perforation
Patients should always be warned of the risks before treatment. If you weren’t, consider consulting your doctor for advice and reaching out to a solicitor about making a claim.
Signs of vaginal mesh complications
According to the HSE, some symptoms of complications include:
- Pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis, groin, thighs or buttocks which doesn’t go away
- Prickling sensations or spasms in the pelvic area
- Feeling the mesh through the vaginal wall
- Pain for you or a partner during intercourse
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Pain while urinating
- Recurrent bladder infections or difficulty emptying the bladder
- Swelling at the insertion site
If you have any of these symptoms, you should seek advice from a medical specialist. In Ireland, procedures are now in place for patients suffering from vaginal mesh complications. Implants might be fixed or removed with surgery.
Can I make a claim?
If you have experienced injuries related to a vaginal mesh implant, it is possible to make a claim if you believe the complications came about as a result of medical negligence.
To make a claim, you need to show that:
- The care you received wasn’t up to scratch and the medical professional who had a duty of care was negligent
- This negligence caused you harm
Medical negligence claims are difficult to prove. But many cases around the world have succeeded over the past decade. Millions in compensation have been won in court and vaginal mesh manufacturers have spent $8 billion settling cases.
To make a claim, you’ll need evidence in the form of medical records and professional opinions, we can help. If you have suffered from vaginal mesh complications caused by the negligence of those responsible for your care, contact Ferrys Solicitors LLP for advice on your case.