A Pelvic Mesh medical device is inserted during surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). If complications arise it can cause devastating and debilitating injury. Women suffer from pain in the vagina, pain on intercourse, chronic nerve pain, inability to have sexual intercourse, recurrent infections and worsening of their condition. Many women are unable to continue working and relationships break down.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) describes a variety of conditions that occur when one or more pelvic organs drop out of their normal position, often pushing into the vagina,
causing a bulge. The bladder can push into the front, or anterior, wall of the vagina causing a prolapse (a cystocele). The rectum can push into the back, or posterior, wall
of the vagina causing a prolapse (a rectocele). The uterus, or if the woman has had a hysterectomy the vaginal vault, can prolapse downwards into the vagina. In more
severe cases prolapses can protrude out of the vaginal opening.
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is the involuntary leaking of urine when the bladder is under pressure. SUI is caused when the pelvic tissues, ligaments and muscles, which support the bladder and urethra, are weakened or damaged. The sphincter that closes the urethra then fails when under pressure and urine leaks out.
During surgery mesh can either be inserted through an incision in the vagina (transvaginal insertion) or through an incision in the abdomen (abdominal insertion).
There are many adverse events following pelvic mesh surgery:
If you have been affected by Pelvic Mesh and would like to discuss a potential claim in confidence then please get in touch with Dr Victoria Handley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 470 2009. We are an all female team who deal extensively with mesh related issues and gynaecological claims.