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Surgical mesh negligence and hernia or vaginal mesh claims

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Claiming for surgical mesh negligence

If you’ve been affected by surgical mesh complications due to medical negligence, you may be able to make a compensation claim against those responsible.

Successful claims need to prove two things. Firstly, that medical negligence occurred and secondly that the result caused you undue suffering. With the backing of a professional team of solicitors who have experience supporting those affected by medical negligence, you can give your case the best possible chance of success. We’ll use a variety of evidence to support you claim, for instance medical records and expert medical reports that show the level of care you received did not meet satisfactory standards and a witness statement from you to demonstrate how you have been affected.

If you’re unsure whether you have a case that you could take forward, we’re happy to discuss your potential case. Our extensive experience means we can offer the guidance you need and then have the skills to help your case forward should you have a claim.

Every year around 14,00 surgical mesh procedures are carried out across the UK to treat a range of different conditions, most commonly hernia repairs, pelvic organ prolapses, and urinary stress incontinence.

There aren’t any official figures on how many people that have had surgical mesh procedures are affected by complications. This is due to problems often being present before the surgery has taken place, making it difficult to judge the impact that surgical mesh has had.

Across all surgery in the UK, the vast majority are successful with only a small number of patients being affected by complications. However, some procedures have a failure rate of up to 15% indicating that thousands of people could be suffering due to surgical mesh failures.

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Our medical negligence team has years of experience working on a wide variety of medical malpractice cases so we understand just how difficult a decision it can be to bring a medical negligence case.

Our Surgical mesh expert team. We deal with medical negligence claims arising from Surgical mesh.

That’s why we are committed to guiding you through every step of the process. We ensure that your claim is handled carefully and professionally by our specialist solicitors, while working alongside medical experts, to guarantee the best results for you.

Our medical negligence team is headed by Laura Morgan who has a wealth of experience in leading complicated, high-value medical negligence cases.

Laura is recognised within the legal profession as a leader in the field of medical negligence and serious injury compensation.  Laura has acted in a wide range of cases over her 17 years of practice and has particular expertise in acting for children who have suffered brain injury due to mismanaged birth or surgical errors, and in managing claims that have resulted in the death of a loved one. Laura has achieved a number of large settlements including £5.4 million for a 7 year old and £4 million for an 11 year old child.

Laura’s expertise and dedication to her clients is recognised in the Chambers guide to the Legal Profession in which she was praised for the efficiency of her approach to case handling and described as “tenacious and detail-oriented”.

Laura has been a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel since 2005 and accredited as a Senior Litigator in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) since 2006.  Laura is also a member of the specialist lawyers panel for Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the UK’s leading charity committed to patient safety and justice.

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Obtaining your medical records
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Minimising your loss
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Your questions... answered

How much compensation will I get?

Without first speaking to you, it’s impossible to say how much compensation you could receive but our team of medical negligence solicitors can help give your case a rough value.

A compensation claim considers a wide range of issues and this is what makes up your claim. For instance, someone that has had surgical mesh complications that have meant several additional surgeries and the inability to work would receive more compensation than someone who suffered relatively mild complications that were rectified quickly. When you contact Your Legal Friend, we’ll work with you to understand and reflect how the medical negligence you experienced has affected all areas of your life. With our knowledge and processes, we’ll put an appropriate value on your case.

While we can’t say exactly how much your case is worth, past medical negligence case against the NHS have resulted in pay-outs into the tens of thousands. Every year the UK healthcare system pays out millions to those affected by medical negligence, including those that have experienced complications following surgery.

How long do I have to make a claim?

All medical compensation claims are subject to a time limit and this includes those that are pursuing legal action after experiencing surgical mesh complications. You must take your case forward within three years in order to hold those responsible to account.

The starting point of this timeframe is known as the ‘date of knowledge’, signifying the date that you first became aware that you had suffered due to medical negligence. In the case of surgical mesh claims, problems may not become evident for months or even years afterwards. The starting point of the time limit means that you’re still able to act but it can be complicated to work out when the clock started.

In complex cases, such as those where you experienced misdiagnosis for the surgical mesh complications you have had, it can be tricky to unravel the timeframe in which you must act. Our trained and experienced solicitors have the skills to help you, including figuring out when you need to move your case forward by.

While you do have up to three years to get in touch and start you case, we advise all those affected be medical negligence to start the process as soon as they are able. This can help the team representing you gather the evidence they need to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

What is surgical mesh?

Surgical mesh can be both temporary and permanent, it’s a loosely woven sheet that is used to support organs and other tissue during surgery, with the aim of providing additional support and giving the body time to strengthen. It can be made from a range of different materials but in the UK it is usually made from synthetic polypropylene.

Permanent meshes remain will remain in the body, continuing to provide support where damage has occurred, while temporary surgical mesh will dissolve over a period of time. In some cases, a combination of permanent and temporary mesh is used, allowing medical professionals to provide patients with a greater level of support initially and maintain a lower level once a portion has dissolved.

In many cases, the use of surgical mesh is a success but there are a growing number of claims from those that have been affected by complications. The healthcare sector is also facing a growing number of calls for some surgical mesh procedures to be suspended while research into what is causing the complications and how to minimise them is conducted. 

There are different types of surgical mesh, from the materials that it is made from to the pore size. A variety of different areas should be considered when selecting the right surgical mesh for each surgery. For instance, mesh with smaller pores may be a preferred option for surgery taking place around bowel tissue, as it means the mesh will be incorporated into this delicate tissue on a reduced level when compared to alternatives.

When is surgical mesh used?

Surgical mesh can be used in a range of surgeries where tissue has been damaged or weakened or where organs require extra support. Due to its uses in reconstructive work, surgical mesh is versatile and used in several different procedures.

However, it is most commonly used in hernia repair surgery, urinary stress incontinence procedures, and in pelvic organ prolapse cases. The inserted surgical mesh can act as a stabiliser for new tissue growth, promoting long-term strength by acting in a similar manner to scaffold, providing the additional support that is needed during the recovery process and after.

How is a surgical mesh procedure done?

How a surgical mesh procedure is conducted will depend on the surgery that is being performed and the patient.

In the cases of inguinal hernia repair surgery, an incision made over the hernia and mesh is placed over the weak spot where the hernia came through to give the tissue added strength. Depending on the mesh that is selected, the body’s tissue can grow around the mesh, becoming incorporated. The surgical mesh will either then continue to deliver long-term reinforcement if it’s permanent or gradually dissolve, leaving the new tissue behind.

For pelvic organ prolapse, surgical mesh procedures are similar. By inserting mesh through the abdomen or vagina, medical professionals can reinforce weakened vaginal walls, urethra, or the bladder neck to provide extra support. Surgical mesh is often used to deliver treatment to women that have suffered from incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse following childbirth to relieve a range of associated symptoms.

If you’re having a surgical mesh procedure, your doctor should discuss the process with you, explaining what is involved as well as the potential risks.

Why do complications arise following a surgical mesh procedure?

Complications associated with surgical mesh can occur for a number of reasons. Among them are:

  • Not being suitable – Not all hernia or pelvic organ prolapse surgeries should use surgical mesh as a solution. There are often alternative options available that should be considered in some cases. Before you have surgery, those responsible for your care should assess your suitability.
  • Medical negligence during procedure – You should be able to rely on those conducting your surgery to take due care, this includes minimising the risk of infection. Where this hasn’t occurred, you may be able to make a claim.
  • Using the wrong type of mesh – The surgical mesh that is selected should consider a range of areas, such as where in the body the surgery is being performed and the level of support that is needed. There have also been some claims that the surgical mesh used for some patients did not meet regulatory standards, though these have been refuted.
  • Surgery error – There is always of risk of errors occurring during a surgery and this can lead to long-term complications.

Every surgical mesh compensation case is different and there are a range of other ways that complications may occur. If you believe you’ve been affected by medical negligence when surgical mesh was being used, our expert team are on hand to offer you help. Using their experience in representing medical negligence victims, we can help you understand what went wrong in your case and receive the compensation that you deserve.

What injuries and health problems are associated with surgical mesh?

Where complications arise, there are many different injuries and health problems that can be linked to surgical mesh procedures. Often patients will experience pain in the surgery site but this can be the result of a number of differing reasons, including:

  • Mesh erosion – This is where the mesh itself moves through the tissue it has been placed on to provide strength. It can mean that it enters other organs or tissue, potentially causing damage. In some cases, this type of injury can lead to perforated organs that can in turn lead to other complications.
  • Infections – All surgeries carry a risk of infection. For some surgical mesh procedures, such as those treating the urinary tract, this risk is higher and it’s an area that should be discussed with you beforehand.
  • Mesh shrinkage – It’s also possible for the mesh inserted to shrink or contract. This can cause considerable pain to the patient and damage the body’s tissue.
  • Adhesions – While some procedures encourage the mesh to adhere to the body’s tissue, this isn’t always desirable. For instance, it can cause a bowel obstruction if the mesh incorporates with delicate bowel tissue.

Where the surgical mesh procedure has taken place has an effect on the health problems patients have experienced. However, some reported issues include:

  • Pain and soreness
  • Inflammation
  • Bleeding and scarring
  • Urinary problems
  • Recurrent prolapse
  • Sexual problems
  • Organ injury
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Nerve damage
  • Mobility issues
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What happens following surgical mesh complications?

If a patient experiences symptoms or health problems that could indicate surgical mesh complications, they’ll often visit their doctor or go to hospital if the effects are severe. Here, medical professionals should take steps to determine the cause of the distress and symptoms; this could include tests to check for an infection and imaging, such as an x-ray, where necessary.

In some cases, it’s simple to treat the problem but in others further surgery may be needed. However, a report by the US regulatory body has indicated that once mesh has been implanted it can be very difficult to remove, and in some cases impossible, meaning that treatment is not always effective and can be a long process.

There are hundreds of women in the UK taking legal action following mesh complications that developed after surgery to address issues that had arisen from childbirth. There are also surgical mesh legal cases where patients have been affected following other types of procedures. If you would like to discuss the level of care received during a surgical mesh procedure and how complications were dealt with, the Your Legal Friend team can offer you the guidance you need to start taking action.

Without first speaking to you, it’s impossible to say how much compensation you could receive but our team of medical negligence solicitors can help give your case a rough value.

A compensation claim considers a wide range of issues and this is what makes up your claim. For instance, someone that has had surgical mesh complications that have meant several additional surgeries and the inability to work would receive more compensation than someone who suffered relatively mild complications that were rectified quickly. When you contact Your Legal Friend, we’ll work with you to understand and reflect how the medical negligence you experienced has affected all areas of your life. With our knowledge and processes, we’ll put an appropriate value on your case.

While we can’t say exactly how much your case is worth, past medical negligence case against the NHS have resulted in pay-outs into the tens of thousands. Every year the UK healthcare system pays out millions to those affected by medical negligence, including those that have experienced complications following surgery.

All medical compensation claims are subject to a time limit and this includes those that are pursuing legal action after experiencing surgical mesh complications. You must take your case forward within three years in order to hold those responsible to account.

The starting point of this timeframe is known as the ‘date of knowledge’, signifying the date that you first became aware that you had suffered due to medical negligence. In the case of surgical mesh claims, problems may not become evident for months or even years afterwards. The starting point of the time limit means that you’re still able to act but it can be complicated to work out when the clock started.

In complex cases, such as those where you experienced misdiagnosis for the surgical mesh complications you have had, it can be tricky to unravel the timeframe in which you must act. Our trained and experienced solicitors have the skills to help you, including figuring out when you need to move your case forward by.

While you do have up to three years to get in touch and start you case, we advise all those affected be medical negligence to start the process as soon as they are able. This can help the team representing you gather the evidence they need to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

Surgical mesh can be both temporary and permanent, it’s a loosely woven sheet that is used to support organs and other tissue during surgery, with the aim of providing additional support and giving the body time to strengthen. It can be made from a range of different materials but in the UK it is usually made from synthetic polypropylene.

Permanent meshes remain will remain in the body, continuing to provide support where damage has occurred, while temporary surgical mesh will dissolve over a period of time. In some cases, a combination of permanent and temporary mesh is used, allowing medical professionals to provide patients with a greater level of support initially and maintain a lower level once a portion has dissolved.

In many cases, the use of surgical mesh is a success but there are a growing number of claims from those that have been affected by complications. The healthcare sector is also facing a growing number of calls for some surgical mesh procedures to be suspended while research into what is causing the complications and how to minimise them is conducted. 

There are different types of surgical mesh, from the materials that it is made from to the pore size. A variety of different areas should be considered when selecting the right surgical mesh for each surgery. For instance, mesh with smaller pores may be a preferred option for surgery taking place around bowel tissue, as it means the mesh will be incorporated into this delicate tissue on a reduced level when compared to alternatives.

Surgical mesh can be used in a range of surgeries where tissue has been damaged or weakened or where organs require extra support. Due to its uses in reconstructive work, surgical mesh is versatile and used in several different procedures.

However, it is most commonly used in hernia repair surgery, urinary stress incontinence procedures, and in pelvic organ prolapse cases. The inserted surgical mesh can act as a stabiliser for new tissue growth, promoting long-term strength by acting in a similar manner to scaffold, providing the additional support that is needed during the recovery process and after.

How a surgical mesh procedure is conducted will depend on the surgery that is being performed and the patient.

In the cases of inguinal hernia repair surgery, an incision made over the hernia and mesh is placed over the weak spot where the hernia came through to give the tissue added strength. Depending on the mesh that is selected, the body’s tissue can grow around the mesh, becoming incorporated. The surgical mesh will either then continue to deliver long-term reinforcement if it’s permanent or gradually dissolve, leaving the new tissue behind.

For pelvic organ prolapse, surgical mesh procedures are similar. By inserting mesh through the abdomen or vagina, medical professionals can reinforce weakened vaginal walls, urethra, or the bladder neck to provide extra support. Surgical mesh is often used to deliver treatment to women that have suffered from incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse following childbirth to relieve a range of associated symptoms.

If you’re having a surgical mesh procedure, your doctor should discuss the process with you, explaining what is involved as well as the potential risks.

Complications associated with surgical mesh can occur for a number of reasons. Among them are:

  • Not being suitable – Not all hernia or pelvic organ prolapse surgeries should use surgical mesh as a solution. There are often alternative options available that should be considered in some cases. Before you have surgery, those responsible for your care should assess your suitability.
  • Medical negligence during procedure – You should be able to rely on those conducting your surgery to take due care, this includes minimising the risk of infection. Where this hasn’t occurred, you may be able to make a claim.
  • Using the wrong type of mesh – The surgical mesh that is selected should consider a range of areas, such as where in the body the surgery is being performed and the level of support that is needed. There have also been some claims that the surgical mesh used for some patients did not meet regulatory standards, though these have been refuted.
  • Surgery error – There is always of risk of errors occurring during a surgery and this can lead to long-term complications.

Every surgical mesh compensation case is different and there are a range of other ways that complications may occur. If you believe you’ve been affected by medical negligence when surgical mesh was being used, our expert team are on hand to offer you help. Using their experience in representing medical negligence victims, we can help you understand what went wrong in your case and receive the compensation that you deserve.

Where complications arise, there are many different injuries and health problems that can be linked to surgical mesh procedures. Often patients will experience pain in the surgery site but this can be the result of a number of differing reasons, including:

  • Mesh erosion – This is where the mesh itself moves through the tissue it has been placed on to provide strength. It can mean that it enters other organs or tissue, potentially causing damage. In some cases, this type of injury can lead to perforated organs that can in turn lead to other complications.
  • Infections – All surgeries carry a risk of infection. For some surgical mesh procedures, such as those treating the urinary tract, this risk is higher and it’s an area that should be discussed with you beforehand.
  • Mesh shrinkage – It’s also possible for the mesh inserted to shrink or contract. This can cause considerable pain to the patient and damage the body’s tissue.
  • Adhesions – While some procedures encourage the mesh to adhere to the body’s tissue, this isn’t always desirable. For instance, it can cause a bowel obstruction if the mesh incorporates with delicate bowel tissue.

Where the surgical mesh procedure has taken place has an effect on the health problems patients have experienced. However, some reported issues include:

  • Pain and soreness
  • Inflammation
  • Bleeding and scarring
  • Urinary problems
  • Recurrent prolapse
  • Sexual problems
  • Organ injury
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Nerve damage
  • Mobility issues
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If a patient experiences symptoms or health problems that could indicate surgical mesh complications, they’ll often visit their doctor or go to hospital if the effects are severe. Here, medical professionals should take steps to determine the cause of the distress and symptoms; this could include tests to check for an infection and imaging, such as an x-ray, where necessary.

In some cases, it’s simple to treat the problem but in others further surgery may be needed. However, a report by the US regulatory body has indicated that once mesh has been implanted it can be very difficult to remove, and in some cases impossible, meaning that treatment is not always effective and can be a long process.

There are hundreds of women in the UK taking legal action following mesh complications that developed after surgery to address issues that had arisen from childbirth. There are also surgical mesh legal cases where patients have been affected following other types of procedures. If you would like to discuss the level of care received during a surgical mesh procedure and how complications were dealt with, the Your Legal Friend team can offer you the guidance you need to start taking action.