- Surgical treatment for stress incontinence can have life-changing complications
- Transvaginal mesh and tension-free vaginal tape are both used to treat stress incontinence
- Women with prolapse issues may want to claim for negligent treatment
- Speak to our experienced medical negligence solicitors in confidence today
Childbirth can cause damage to the mother which affects control of the bladder, and there are different ways to treat this. For many women this treatment will be successful, but there are two forms of treatment which are proving to be controversial. In recent years both tension-free vaginal tape and mesh repairs have been reported to cause symptoms which are worse than those which they were intended to treat.
Up to half of the women who have had children suffer from pelvic organ prolapse afterwards, a condition caused when trauma to the muscles and ligaments in the pelvic area allows the uterus to drop. Some women will experience no symptoms, but for others it can affect going to the toilet, make having sex difficult, and cause feelings of discomfort in the vagina. In less extreme cases, this same weakness results in the condition known as stress incontinence, where activities such as jumping or sneezing will cause the bladder to leak.
Tension-free vaginal tape and mesh are both products used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence without resorting to major surgery. Surgeons can implant them using a small incision, and if all goes to plan they will provide an artificial means of support for the affected organs.
However, in recent years many women have reported painful complications which have arisen since the surgery was done. These complications can include the mesh protruding through the skin of the vagina, and women have been left unable to have sex, or even walk.
Symptoms which can arise if a mesh or TVT repair has gone wrong include irregular vaginal bleeding, pain in the pelvic area or during sex, changes in bladder or bowel symptoms, a prickling in the vagina or searing pain in the buttocks or legs. If the bladder, bowels or urethra were damaged in the original repair surgery, it is more likely these are related to problems with the mesh. Unfortunately both the mesh and the tape are designed to allow the body to heal and grow around and through them, which makes removing them a very complex procedure. Unfortunately, NHS data suggests that one in fifteen of the women who have this surgery to treat a prolapse will need to have the implant removed.
The team at Enable Law have already dealt with claims for women who have had complications from this kind of surgery, and we know how difficult living with those complications can make life. Call us now on 0800 044 8488, or contact us here, and find out how our specialist lawyers can help.