InsightsInsight - Medical Negligence - POSTED: December 8 2017
Group Action Pending – “Sling the mesh”
A City Law Firm is co-ordinating the first large group action on behalf of over 200 women who claim they have suffered life changing complications as a result of faulty surgical mesh implants.
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The action is being supported by the group “sling the mesh” who represent around 2000 women and families adversely affected by surgical meshes which have been used for many years to treat pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence. It is claimed that complications have arisen from the mesh implants including chronic and life altering pain and some have reported severe and constant abdominal and vaginal pain, perforated bladders and problems with intercourse.
The MHRA reported that when the products are used correctly they can help with the very distressing symptoms of the condition and the benefits still outweigh the risks. The MHRA has indicated that it is committed to help address the serious concerns raised by some patients.
There is expected to be a Group Action against the NHS and mesh manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson as in the USA women had been awarded billions of dollars in similar cases.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists continues to recommend transvaginal meshes as they can be appropriate and far less invasive than alternative surgical procedures. The Lancet reports that the mesh is a successful treatment for a prolapse in most cases and the majority of women with mesh respond well to the treatment. Consent is likely to be a major issue in the claims being brought as many of the Claimants allege they had not been told by their surgeons about the potential risks associated with implants.
The subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson who manufactures mesh implants, Ethicon said it was vigorously defending litigation and that the devices have helped millions of women.
In the meantime, the issue has caught the attention of politicians and a debate is set to take place in Parliament.
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