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Vaginal Mesh Implant (TVT) Claims2018-10-12T10:31:06+00:00

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Vaginal mesh implant (TVT) claims

Women with pelvic organ prolapse which can occur after childbirth and following hysterectomies were advised a treatment known as vaginal mesh implant. A process where trans-vaginal tape (TVT) is implanted permanently to strengthen weak vaginal walls and also used to support the neck of the bladder.

TVT Mesh is now believed to be responsible for a number of complaints due to potential erosion within the body, causing great pain and complications including repeated infection, pelvic pain while walking, pain during sex . . . even in some cases cutting through the vaginal wall. Still considered to be safe and effective there are calls for it to be banned in the UK. The procedure is already flagged as “high risk” and it is thought that there are thousands of women who have been harmed. Some severely injured and left with life changing injuries and complications.

  • How many women have been fitted with the mesh? – 15,000 per year
  • Percentage facing issues including incontinence? – the official complication rate for mesh procedures is 1-3% yet latest hospital figures obtained (by Sky News) show that it’s higher, with almost 10% of women suffering adverse effects.
  • How many women have already taken action? – Sky News has learnt that across the world more than 55,000 women are suing one manufacturer of mesh, Johnson and Johnson. In the UK, pressure is also mounting, with 400 women taking legal action against the pharmaceutical giant in what lawyers say could become the biggest medical case in UK history.

TVT complications & symptoms

  • Bleeding
  • Incontinence
  • Spasms and painful poking sensations in the pelvic area
  • Pain during urination
  • Bladder infections / Cystitis
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Fistulas
  • Pain during intercourse

Lack of choice. Surgery should be a last resort

Surgery should be seen as a last resort and patients must be given a choice of conservative treatments first. Some of these involve non invasive treatments such as medication. If you were not offered any of these options you may be due compensation.

Explanation of risk

From 2013 anyone being advised to have this procedure should have been made well aware of any potential risk. Many are still not fully aware and are still being offered vaginal mesh implants (TVT) without an explanation of risk. Do you feel you were not given the facts and made fully aware of complications from TVT Surgery / Implants?

Call for free advice today and we will find out if you have a vaginal mesh implant compensation claim. Our Clinical Negligence solicitors will aim to get you the maximum compensation possible.

  • Did you receive enough information and advice at the time before and after surgery?
  • Were you made aware that this was a permanent implant?
  • Did you receive a a lack of attention or were you ignored when making complaints about pain and symptoms that could easily be related to TVT Implants?

You should have been made aware of the risks and complications that vaginal mesh implant surgery can cause, these include:

  • Chronic untreatable pain
  • Mesh erosion and breakthrough
  • Operation failure
  • Sexual dysfunction / painful sex
  • Bladder infection & Cystitis
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Potential nerve damage
  • Vaginal shrinkage
  • Autoimmune problems related to the implant
  • Effects on ability to have children
  • Increased urgency to urinate
  • Blood in stools & urine

If you think you have fallen victim and might be due compensation please contact one of our specialists solicitors for free advice and to discuss your claim for negligence.

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October 9th

‘Vaginal mesh surgery only to be used as a last resort’ Sky News

July 10th

Vaginal mesh surgery suspended in England over risk of ‘life-threatening injuries’ Sky News

June 5th

Woman’s mesh implant felt like a chemical burn and cheese wire inside her body – Devon Live

May 25th

Judge Denies Ethicon Bid to Dismiss 120 Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits from Mass Tort Program. Read more at RX Injury Health

May 20th

Pa. Maker Keeps Pelvic Mesh Cases in State Court Under ‘Bristol-Myers’ . . . Read more here

May 4th

Revealed: Devon hospitals are STILL using controversial mesh . . . Read more at Devon Live

April 30th

Stevenage woman’s surgical mesh implant agony . . . Read More

April 19th

MPs urge ministers to ‘act now’ on vaginal mesh controversy . . .  Read more at Sky News

April 18th

Scale of vaginal mesh problem confirmed by NHS review . . .  Read more at The Guardian

April 12th

Federal Judge Denies Post-Verdict Motions in Transvaginal Mesh Case . . . Read more at Harris Martin

February 26th

Jeremy Hunt announces review of vaginal mesh scandal … Read More at the independent

February 14th

New material which avoids serious injuries and side-effects discovered … Read More at the independent

January 30th

It’s a highly dangerous procedure because mesh is designed to be permanent. She said: “It absolutely ruined my life. I’m in a worse position now – I had mild stress incontinence and that’s why I had the TVT operation performed in February. And I’m now more incontinent than I was before … Read More at Yahoo News UK

January 24th

Mesh victims celebrate ‘extraordinary’ move by American pharmaceutical giant. Johnson & Johnson has withdrawn its “gold standard” incontinence pelvic mesh slings from the Australian market after devastating evidence from women … Read More

January 21st

Vaginal mesh implants blight Southampton women’s lives. Two women from Southampton, are among thousands of females in the UK whose lives have been blighted by vaginal mesh implants. … Read More

January 12th
‘ Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay NJ Resident $15 Million’  New Brunswick Today – Ms E Hrymoc had two mesh implants made by the Ethicon division of J&J – Prolift, a large multi-armed mesh implant used to hold up sagging internal organs, and a TVT-O, used to support a urethra to treat stress urinary incontinence,” according to MeshNewsDesk, an online outlet which seeks to “investigate … Read More

December 27:
Sling The Mesh campaigner Kath Sansom named as one of 20 ground breaking women of 2017. Read more

December 15:
Vaginal mesh use should be restricted to research only, says health watchdog. Read more

December 15:
$15 Million Award TVT-O Transvaginal Mesh Case. Read more

Transvaginal mesh claims – extra information

How much you can claim will depend on a number of factors related to the injury received from a defective medical product. Some of those factors are listed below:

  • Degree of pain, suffering and ongoing problems caused by the defective product
  • Loss of earnings from being unable to work / return to work
  • Support and care that you need now and in the future related to your injury
  • Support for modifications made to your home
  • Specialist mobility equipment required

The first thing to do is to get in touch with us so we can provide a free consultation and discuss your case. We can quickly work out if you have a claim by asking a few questions. We will also let you know if you will benefit from a No win no fee arrangement.
If after your free consultation you decide to proceed with a compensation claim we will proceed with the stages below.

Investigation Stage
We need to determine the extent of your injury and any monetary losses directly related to your injury / illness. It may be necessary to have a medical examination carried out to accurately identify your injury and asses your suffering.

Compensation Calculation
We will calculate how much compensation you are likely to receive from a successful claim taking into account the various factors associated with your injury including loss of income, pain and suffering, medical expenses and future expenses including future care and specialists equipment and any modifications necessary to your home. We then will put this amount to your opponent and they have two options. Accept the claim, or contest the claim.

Conclusion
If your opponent accepts then you will be awarded the compensation due. If they do not accept the claim then the next phase will be court proceedings. Please not this does not always mean a case goes to trial it simply means a court takes over management of the case where an opponent still has the opportunity to settle your claim. If you have to go to court rest assured we will be with you every step of the way. And remember if we agreed to handle your claim under a no win no fee agreement then you will not have to pay anything if your claim was unsuccessful.

As with almost all compensation claims of this type you have three years from the date of the injury / illness caused to start a claim. Sometimes there are exceptions, for example people unable to make their own legal decisions such as children or adults unable to make there own legal decisions.

In the case of defective medical equipment / products a claim must also be made within 10 years of that product going into circulation. This cannot be extended. Time limits are always on a case by case basis. We can of course help identify this when investigating your claim.

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TVT in the news

In a recent report, a team of investigative journalists from the BBC revealed that mesh manufacturers and distributors did not adequately inform doctors how dangerous TVT (transvaginal tape) implants could be. The Panorama documentary programme was broadcast during December 2017 and aired a series of alarming facts.

According to a similar report published by ‘The Guardian’, doctors were unaware of all the associated risks. TVT implants are used for surgical treatment of urinary incontinence or vaginal prolapse after childbirth but have a somewhat chequered history. In 2012, TVT-Secur vaginal implants caused worrying complications; the implants had been tested on as few as 31 sheep and women before being used widely.

Within the UK, Ethicon (part of the Johnson & Johnson group) distributes supplies, including Gynecare TVT. However, the investigation explained how more than one medical manufacturer and distributor might have been involved in a cover-up. Similarly, an article in ‘The Independent’ shocked viewers with details of the perils of the frequent procedure.

Surprisingly, medical guidelines and rules may not apply to surgical placements carried out through an abdominal incision instead of via the vaginal route. The Wisbech Standard questioned the fitness for purpose of the so-called tape, which is actually a plastic mesh, in a widespread issue that affects millions of women globally.

Distinguished experts have labelled the current regulations governing the use of this type of implant as inadequate and have warned that women are at risk, according to Sky News. Professor Carl Heneghan at Oxford University, a specialist in medical evidence, has called for health bosses to set up a register of affected patients, amid calls for rigorous clinical trials to ensure patient safety.

The journalists highlighted conflicts of interest and inadequate or improper past trials, due to what they described as a regulatory system that was weak, not fit for purpose and which perpetrated an unsatisfactory situation. As the relevant professional medical body, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists may not have been impartial enough in its stance. A spokesperson, a Dr Linda Cardozo, seemed to echo the industry line by pointing out that all medical procedures have possible complications. She went on to suggest that a ban on the use of such meshes might limit treatment options unnecessarily. However, campaign organisers promptly pointed to her links with industry giants (including Ethicon) – under which she has acted as a consultant, apart from reports of research money payments accepted from Pfizer.

These disclosures came just one week after Canadian anti-mesh campaigner Chrissy Bradjic died, due to sepsis caused by her TVT implant. Another Sky News story detailed how Bradjic underwent such an implant in an operation after giving birth, but then suffered four years of exhausting battles against worrying and persistent infections.

Women suffering complications that occur years later have often met with rebuffs and excuses from surgeons and consultants. Over 130,000 UK women might have had such implants, while only 6,000 mesh removals (a dangerous procedure in itself) have been recorded. The latter total does not include extractions through private surgery. It seems, therefore, that this medical disaster might escalate to scales not seen since the Thalidomide scandal of the 1950s.

According to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the health watchdog, operations using vaginal mesh should be banned. BBC News also told how the implant meshes are made of a similar plastic to drinks bottles, a material which experts agree can become brittle over time. As the polypropylene ages, the resulting rough edges can cause excruciating pain, damage nerves and cut through internal organs including the bowel, bladder and uterus. Current guidelines from the NICE state that these implants should be used only for research, not for routine operations. Also, so-called partial snips may not have found their way into the statistical tally of removals. This latter procedure involves part of the mesh being removed to stop it cutting through the vagina.

Accordingly, NICE has been consulting and is due to publish documentation highlighting severe complications with life-changing consequences, leaving women sterile, with chronic pain and difficulty walking unaided. Unfortunately for many, any possible changes are likely to come too late for some sufferers although, fortunately, several Scottish health boards have stopped using the problematic type of mesh.

In October, ’The Guardian’ reported a Labour MP’s calls for the urgent suspension of the TVT mesh usage in patients. In turn, the Minister for Health has published new guidance but played down demands for an inquiry into the worrying saga.

Meanwhile, similar problems have occurred in Australia and the USA where, consequently, class action lawsuits are pending. While the suppliers have depicted the adverse mesh effects as only transitory, courts in Pennsylvania have heard from numerous women who have been left in constant pain, permanently unable to walk unaided and in need of mobility aids. One report even mentioned a woman’s partner suffering cuts during sex. Lurid descriptions describe the acute pain as akin to having a cheese grater inside their body, requiring painkillers including morphine etc. and inflicting desperation so intense that sufferers have been driven to spend their life savings in attempts to hasten private surgical remedies. In spite of the shocking accusations, the product distributor has nonetheless appealed against previous judgements in patients’ favour.

If you have concerns about this topic, are affected by mesh implants or wish to discuss a possible TVT compensation claim, please contact us here.

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