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Surgical mesh and TVT claims

The medical device team at Leigh Day is currently representing a number of women who have reported health problems following the implantation of vaginal mesh, vaginal slings, surgical mesh or transvaginal tape.

What is surgical mesh?

Women who suffer pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are often treated with synthetic polypropylene and biological mesh as part of the surgical process to treat this condition.  POP is experienced by a number of women, particularly after they have had children or a hysterectomy, and occurs when the normal supporting structures of the vagina and pelvic floor deteriorate and organs such as the bladder or bowel move from their natural position into, or outside the vagina.  Surgical mesh is also used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and hernias.

TVT and health problems

Most people who are treated with surgical mesh respond well to the treatment.  However, the UK body that monitors any reported problems with medical devices, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), announced in June 2013 that it had launched an investigation into vaginal mesh as some patients had reported adverse health reactions after being implanted with the devices.

Patients have reported problems including:
 
  • Mesh protrusion
  • Mesh erosion
  • Pain and soreness
  • Mesh contraction and shrinkage
  • Organ perforation and injury
  • Inflammatory foreign body reaction
  • Bleeding and scarring
  • Infection
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Sexual problems
  • Urinary problems
  • Incontinence
  • Recurrent prolapse
  • Mobility problems
  • Psychological injury

TVT compensation claims

A number of large compensation settlements in the US on behalf of women who had to undergo multiple revision surgery after suffering serious injuries after being implanted with transvaginal tape have raised the profile of the potential health threat of surgical mesh in the UK. Many women are now coming forward to talk about the problems they have experienced since being fitted with transvaginal tape and mesh products.  Leigh Day clients have featured in a number of stories in the media, including in the Daily Mail and on the BBC radio programme Face the Facts.

Some of our clients face the possibility of undergoing revision surgery, a type of surgery that is performed by few surgeons in the UK, and which carries associated pain, the risk of further problems and inconvenience. Others have been left in permanent pain and unable to get on with their daily routine.

The medical devices team at Leigh Day, part of the product liability department, is currently investigating a number of potential claims on behalf of women who claim that they have been injured by products which include:
 
  • Gynecare Prolift and Prolift +M
  • Gynecare TVT
  • Gynecare Obturator System
  • ‘TVT-O’
  • Gynemesh and Prolene, all manufactured by Ethicon
  • Gynecare Secur
  • Gynecare Prosima
  • Boston Scientific Obtryx Transobturator Tape (TOT)
  • Bard Avaulta mesh
  • Endo Health Solutions Perigee, Apogee and Elevate transvaginal meshes
  • Coloplast mesh products

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