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Pelvic mesh lawyers at Leigh Day investigating surgical negligence claims

Some 200 patients recalled by Midlands hospitals following pelvic surgery

Surgical mesh implant

8 February 2016

Pelvic mesh lawyers at Leigh Day have been asked to investigate a potential claim against a surgeon whose work has triggered a patient recall in Birmingham.

Medical negligence specialist Emmalene Bushnell and medical device lawyer Jill Paterson have been instructed by patients who underwent pelvic floor surgery carried out by surgeon Dr Angamuthu Arunkalaivanan.

Local and national media has reported that 191 patients of Dr Arunkalaivanan have been contacted by Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust and asked to make appointments with gynaecologists at the trust so that they can discuss the treatment they received.

The women were all fitted with a surgical mesh that is often used to treat patients who have suffered with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence.

The synthetic surgical mesh has been associated with some health problems in women including pain, infection, bleeding and incontinence.  Other women have suffered problems when the mesh has been fitted incorrectly and have had to undergo revision surgery to remove the mesh.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) launched an investigation into the safety of vaginal mesh in June 2013.

In 2013 the National Institute for Clinical Excellent said that using the mesh should not be a first treatment.

Patients in the Midlands have been contacted by their local trust as the mesh implant procedure offered by Dr Arunkalaivanan is no longer recommended as the first surgical treatment that should be suggested to patients.

Dr Arunkalaivanan left the Trust in July 2013.

If you have been fitted with surgical mesh and would like to speak to one of our health safety lawyers please contact Jill Paterson or Emmalene Bushnell.

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