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Vaginal Wall & Uterine Prolapse Surgery

Since 2002 there has been extensive use of synthetic mesh in surgical repairs to vaginal and uterine prolapse. Have you suffered complications because of this procedure?

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If you have suffered complications following surgery using ‘mesh repair’ of a vaginal or uterine prolapse then we can help.

Vaginal wall prolapse with or without accompanying uterine prolapse is a very common gynaecological problem, predominantly occurring after normal childbirth. Symptoms attributable to the condition include local pressure, bulging, “heaviness” and discomfort. With major degrees of pelvic prolapse, urinary and bowel function can also be affected. The condition can significantly affect a woman’s quality of life.

When conservative methods of treatment fail, traditional surgical repair has consisted of reinforcing the vaginal and uterine supporting tissues using conventional sutures. Unfortunately such traditional surgical repairs are associated with high rates of recurrence, even in the most experienced hands. This failure has lead to a continual search for improved surgical procedures in the hope of reducing recurrence rates. One such development has involved the inclusion of synthetic mesh at the site of prolapse.

Unfortunately, as experience with the use of synthetic mesh has increased it has become apparent that the use of synthetic mesh in prolapse repair is associated with complications which can result in significant morbidity, such as mesh erosion and exposure, infection, dyspareunia, vaginal narrowing, vault abscess and bowel obstruction.

As a result of the seriousness of the complications arising, the following recommendations regarding the procedure have been published:

  1. Patient’s should be fully counselled pre operatively regarding the uncertainty of long term results and the risk of possible complications.

  2. The procedure should only be performed by gynaecologists with special expertise in the surgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse.

In summary if you have suffered major complications following a mesh repair of vaginal / uterine prolapse you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence.

Contact the medical negligence team at Bridge McFarland as soon as possible.

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How can I find out if medical treatment was negligent?
During the investigations of your clinical negligence claim we will be required to obtain disclosure of all relevant medical records - both hospital and GP - in the manner set out in the pre-action protocols. Once all of the relevant medical records have been received they will be considered on a preliminary basis. They will then be sent to an independent expert nurse who will index and paginate the records to ensure that they are in some semblance of order.
How long does it take to complete my claim?
The estimated time scale involved in this matter will be eighteen to twenty-four months to conclude preliminary investigations. This can vary for many reasons but we will endeavour to keep you advised of any change in the likely time scale as the matter develops.
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