Surgical mesh implants – what are they?

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Childbirth is a different experience for every mum. Some may only experience a bit of discomfort after giving birth, while others may go on to suffer further complications.

Some mums may experience muscle weakening and trauma to their pelvic area after childbirth, which means their vaginas become less elastic. In these cases, sometimes a surgical mesh implant is suggested as a fix if pelvic floor exercises don’t work.

Why are surgical mesh implants used?

Surgical mesh implants are used to treat men, women and children, but they’re most commonly used in women to treat complications, such as stress urinary incontinence, which is a very common condition after childbirth.

A surgical mesh implant is a piece of synthetic mesh that’s inserted by a medical professional. It’s usually placed under the urethra in placement of a weak connective tissue or ligament, and acts as a sling to stop you leaking from your bladder when doing any impact activity, such as running, jumping or even sneezing and coughing.

What are the side effects of mesh implants?

Surgical mesh implants have been used for decades to treat urinary incontinence in women. However, many women have raised concerns about their mesh implants and have reported excruciating symptoms as a result of their surgery. The symptoms women have reported include:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Bladder infections
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Difficulty or inability to walk
  • Severe pain
  • Inability to have sexual relationships.

What should you do if you experience problems with your mesh implant?

If you are experiencing any side effects from your mesh implant, it’s important to contact your GP immediately. They should refer you to the hospital for tests to see if it’s your mesh implant that’s causing your pain.

There are many support groups online who are sharing their experiences of surgical mesh implants and are campaigning for a ban on mesh surgery to stop others from suffering in the same way they have. There hasn’t been a lot of research into the use of mesh until now and there is little information about its complications, which is why there are so many groups forming to show solidarity against the use of it.

You can also take legal action if you’re not happy with how you’ve been treated. The UK has a pool of expert lawyers who are experienced in supporting women who have suffered as a result of their mesh implants. An experienced medical negligence lawyer will be able to advise you as to whether you could make a vaginal mesh compensation claim for your suffering.

If you’re experiencing side effects following your mesh surgery, don’t be afraid to speak up. If you are convinced that it is your mesh implant that’s causing you harm, then you shouldn’t feel guilty of being persistent – you have a right to seek answers and get to the root of the cause of your symptoms.

Author bio: Thompsons Solicitors is a leading UK law firm who is experienced in running and winning vaginal mesh claims for women who have suffered as a result of their mesh surgery.

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September 23, 2019
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