Mesh implants are often used by medical professionals to treat health conditions such as incontinence, hernias and organ prolapse in men, women and even children. Although used in surgery for many years, the safety of the devices has now come into question following complaints made by patients who have experienced serious health complications after undergoing rectal or vaginal mesh surgery.

Thompsons Solicitors has been contacted by a number of people who have experienced health complications after undergoing surgical mesh procedures, such as rectopexy and stapled transal rectal resection (STARR), involving the implantation of rectal and vaginal mesh. These include trans-vaginal tape (TVT), trans-obturator tapes (TOT) and suprapubic slings (SS tape).

Our mesh lawyers are currently representing more than 100 clients who have been injured by vaginal and rectal implants, 50 of whom are former patients of Dr Anthony Dixon, a South West-based colorectal surgeon who is currently under investigation by his local NHS trust following allegations his mesh surgery left a number of women suffering with serious health issues.

Some rectal and vaginal mesh victims also claim other treatments weren’t explored by medical professionals before they were offered surgery, and that they were not appropriately warned of the health risks it posed.

Thompsons Solicitors is now working with Sling the Mesh to highlight the dangers of rectal and vaginal mesh surgery and to call on the government to raise mesh standards in the UK by introducing a national register where the health of rectal and vaginal mesh patients can be traced. Show your support for the campaign by following its Facebook and Twitter pages or by visiting the website.

If you have undergone a rectal or vaginal mesh procedure, such as TVT surgery, rectopexy or STARR, Thompsons Solicitors’ specialist mesh lawyers can provide you with compassionate and caring expert advice on whether you could be entitled to make a rectal or vaginal mesh claim through your union membership. Contact us today on 0800 0 224 224 or fill in our free online Start a Claim form.

Beginning a rectal or vaginal mesh implant claim can be overwhelming, but trust Thompsons Solicitors’ expert mesh lawyers to help guide you through your claim and make the process as stress-free as possible.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MAKING A RECTAL OR VAGINAL MESH CLAIM THROUGH YOUR TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP

1. What are rectal and vaginal mesh implants?

Mesh implants are medical devices used by doctors and surgeons to treat health conditions such as organ prolapse, hernias and incontinence in men, women and even children.

2. Are rectal and vaginal mesh implants dangerous?

While many people who undergo mesh surgery report no complications, all medical procedures carry some element of risk.

Thompsons Solicitors’ mesh lawyers are currently representing a number of people who have experienced complications after procedures such as STARR, rectopexy and TVT surgery. If you are suffering as a result of a rectal or vaginal mesh implant, you could be entitled to make a medical negligence claim via your union membership. Contact our experts today on 0800 0 224 224 for advice on how to start your mesh claim.

3. What are the health complications of rectal and vaginal mesh implant surgeries?

Reported complications of rectal and vaginal mesh implant surgery include:

  • Bleeding
  • Difficulty or an inability to walk or stand
  • Chronic pain, especially in the abdomen and pelvic areas
  • Bladder perforation
  • Bladder infection
  • Haematoma
  • Vaginal erosion or scarring
  • Bowel and nerve trauma
  • Incontinence
  • Mesh erosion or protrusion
  • Difficulty having sex.

4. Are there concerns around the safety of rectal and vaginal mesh implants?

There are concerns that some patients have undergone rectal and vaginal mesh surgery without being appropriately warned of the potential health risks it poses. In some cases, patients also claim that alternative treatments were not offered before surgery.

5. I had mesh surgery and I’m experiencing some of the associated health complications. What should I do?

If you are suffering after rectal or vaginal mesh implant surgery, you should visit your GP as soon as possible. If your GP believes that your mesh implant is the cause, or if they cannot explain your symptoms but you think it might be because of your implant, Thompsons Solicitors’ mesh lawyers will use their significant medical negligence knowledge and years of winning successful claims to advise whether you could be eligible to make a rectal or vaginal mesh implant claim via your union membership.

6. Can I make a rectal or vaginal mesh implant claim with Thompsons Solicitors through my union membership?

Yes. Trade union members receive a free initial consultation and special rates for pursuing a rectal or vaginal mesh claim with Thompsons Solicitors – something no other trade union law firm offers and substantially better than anything offered by high street law firms. Find out more about the legal benefits on offer as part of your union membership.

7. Can a family member make a rectal or vaginal mesh claim using my union membership?

Yes. If a member of your immediate family has suffered an injury as a result of a rectal or vaginal mesh surgery or implant, they are entitled to a free initial consultation with Thompsons Solicitors and special rates throughout their mesh claim.

8. Are there time limits to making a rectal or vaginal mesh implant claim?

Yes, there is a three-year time limit for making any type of medical negligence claim, which includes mesh implant claims. The three years start from the date you could have reasonably known that your symptoms were caused by a treatment or misdiagnosis. So, even if you underwent rectal or vaginal mesh surgery decades ago, but have only started to experience complications within the past three years, Thompsons Solicitors will be able to help you make a compensation claim.

9. Can I still make a rectal or vaginal mesh implant claim if my procedure happened at a private hospital?

Yes. Whether you were treated at a private or NHS facility, Thompsons will support you in making your rectal or vaginal mesh claim. 

HOW THOMPSONS SOLICITORS CAN SUPPORT TRADE UNION MEMBERS IN RECTAL AND VAGINAL MESH IMPLANT CLAIMS

Beginning a rectal or vaginal mesh implant claim can be overwhelming, but trust Thompsons Solicitors’ expert mesh lawyers to help guide you through your claim and make the process as stress-free as possible.

We are the UK’s leading trade union law firm, helping tens of thousands of members every year secure compensation following a personal injury. We have only ever acted for the injured and mistreated. We will never work for insurers or companies.

Contact us today for free by calling 0800 0 224 224, requesting a callback, or by completing our start a claim form.