Vaginal Mesh “could be worse scandal than Thalidomide”
A leading surgeon in vaginal mesh removal has said that the numbers of women affected could be far higher than at first thought, and the scandal could even be bigger than the thalidomide outrage in the last century.
The mesh, also known as TVT (Transvaginal tape), is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse but thousands of women have been left in chronic pain as a result of the procedure, with many suffering perforated organs and left unable to have sex, to work or even walk. The mesh is also used to treat incontinence but the problems seem to occur mainly in prolapse treatment.
The Thalidomide scandal took place in the 1950’s and 1960’s when thousands of women were prescribed the drug to ward off morning sickness, but it resulted in many babies being born without limbs.
Urogynaecologist Sohier Elneil is one of few surgeons skilled enough to remove the mesh which is designed to be permanent. The number of women she is treating has increased from one or two a month to eight per week, as reported by Sky News.
“In England there’s been this feeling that the number of women affected wasn’t that great but not everyone was submitting their data, so there was very minimal information to make a decision on. Now with the latest reports, quite clearly this is a game changer and the procedure needs to be re-evaluated.”
The problem comes when the mesh is inserted in the body and its characteristics can change. It can erode leading to parts of the mesh becoming exposed and slicing into the body.
Pressure is building on the government to carry out a public inquiry but calls have been rejected so far.
Do you have a valid TVT Claim?
Did you undergo this treatment after June 2015 without being provided with informed consent of the full risks?
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During our consultation, we may ask you the following questions to determine whether or not you should claim:
- You feel you didn’t receive enough information about the risks of the implant prior to surgery
- You were unaware that the implant would be permanent
- You were not offered a consultation prior to the procedure, or were not given enough time prior to the procedure to consider the pros and cons
- You were disappointed with the standard of surgery you received
- You sought health care on one or multiple occasions after your surgery, as a result of the implant, and were not dealt with appropriately
- Your subsequent complaints were ignored by healthcare staff
- You have had to have revision surgery to repair the damage caused by your mesh implant
- You were not offered any other alternatives to vaginal mesh implants prior to surgery, such as pessaries, surgery without mesh or pelvic floor therapy
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