What Is A Surgical Mesh?
Incontinence in women can cause involuntary releases of urine during activities that put pressure on the bladder, such as coughing or laughing. The Trans-vaginal tape (TVT) procedure is performed to provide support, so that should the patient cough or make other vigorous movement, the urethra remains closed, preventing the accidental release of urine.
In TVT surgery, a mesh tape is placed under the urethra, which helps to keep it in its normal position. The tape is inserted through tiny incisions in the abdomen and vaginal wall. TVT surgery usually only takes half an hour to perform under local anaesthesia.
Despite the routine nature of this surgery, as with all surgical procedures, the operation still exposes patients to a range of risks. Avoidable complications caused by surgical errors are considered to be medical negligence, and may warrant a claim for compensation.
What problems and symptoms are associated with the TVT procedure?
The following problems are associated with TVT and may be accountable to medical negligence:
- Bladder perforation, whereby the needles used to position the mesh may accidentally pierce the bladder (thought to occur in 4 in 100 patients).
- Severe bleeding, where blood vessels are punctured when the needles go through the skin.
- Bladder infection, which causes burning sensations on passing urine.
- Mesh erosion, where the mesh, as a ‘foreign tissue’, may erode into the vagina, which causes vaginal discharge.
- Damage to tissue in vagina, bowel, and bladder
- Nerve and bowel trauma
- Obstruction of bowel and urethra
- Abdominal and pelvic pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Vaginal scarring
The injuries caused by negligence during surgical mesh implants can lead to further time off work, loss of earnings, and sometimes increased childcare costs. Before undertaking mesh implant surgery, the patient may consider the impact recovery might have on their day to day life, but they cannot be expected to plan for unforeseeable and avoidable complications. Vaginal mesh compensation can help ease the financial pressure inflicted by complications.
Our Vaginal Mesh Claims Experience
Errors arising from mesh implant cases may hold dire repercussions for patients. At Asons, we understand what surgical negligence is, and the detrimental effect it has on victims. The consequences may not just be physical – potential financial difficulties where time is taken off work must also be considered, and the ensuing stress may elicit negative psychological consequences.
We know that victims are often hesitant to come forward with their surgical mesh medical claims. As medical negligence solicitors, it’s our job to do everything within our means to make the process as straightforward as possible.
As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your clinical negligence case. To address this common concern, we have devised a variety of options to help you. We aid you in acquiring all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. We must remind you to be quick, however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
We deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis. If you are suffering as a result of surgical errors, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will work to gather all appropriate paperwork and documentation, whilst speaking to the parties involved to substantiate your claim.