C.R. Bard, one of the biggest manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants are ending all production and marketing of the products following years of campaigning by women around the world. The decision was announced on the 7th March 2019, along with the removal of these products from hospitals and distribution centres with immediate effect.
In light of the announcement and with growing safety concerns, it is recommended that doctors follow up with all women who have had a mesh implant. It is also predicted that other manufacturers of the mesh products are likely to follow suit and withdraw their products too.
For years, campaign groups, such as ‘Sling the Mesh’ have raised concerns over the safety of vaginal mesh, used as a treatment for Stress Urinary Continence (SUI) or Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) both of which are common issues for women particularly following a hysterectomy or childbirth. In the UK alone it has been reported that 1 in 11 women had experienced problems following mesh surgery, including chronic pain, bleeding, urinary problems and organ perforation.
Sara Westwood has previously acted on behalf of a client who suffered with stress incontinence for which she underwent a TVT (tension free vaginal tape) procedure. Unfortunately, the tape had passed through the bladder, causing the client to suffer significant pain and discomfort, and resulted in three further procedures. The claim settled for £19,000.
If you have had surgical mesh surgery and are in any way concerned, please contact us on 01603 877000. We understand that issues in these cases are of a sensitive nature and will be handled confidentially and with compassion.
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