Both the United Kingdom and Ireland have recently announced the suspension of all transvaginal mesh procedures due to the complications and high-risk nature of mesh implants.
“There is understandable public and patient anxiety about the ongoing safety of mesh devices following the considerable publicity that this issue has received, and this has been heightened by recent developments in the NHS [National Health Services],” Simon Harris, Ireland’s Minister for Health said in a statement issued after the government’s announcement.
The two nations found that mesh procedures should not be performed until drastic steps are taken to decrease the life-altering risks to patients. The pause on the controversial implants will “remain in place until the HSE [Health Service Executive] has implemented recommendations regarding safe medical training, informed consent, and the development of an agreed dataset on mesh procedures,” Mr. Harris continued.
Transvaginal mesh surgery has negatively affected many women, An investigation by the Guardian reported that one in 15 women given a mesh implant later required further surgery to have it removed, leaving behind debilitating complications. The scale of these traumatic effects can be seen in the support groups that passionately campaigned for the halt of mesh procedures.
After the suspension, Kath Sansom, founder of ‘Sling the Mesh,’ stated, “This is incredible news and vindication for more than 6,100 members of Sling the Mesh who have been maimed by this operation, and then ignored, some for years. It is testament to people power. Our members have written, emailed, attended parliament and lobbied to get this result and I am delighted.”
Before the ban in Ireland, which was announced weeks after the UK, Melanie Power, founder of Mesh Survivors Ireland, proclaimed, “Irish women deserve the same care as those in the UK. Until the government takes action to suspend mesh for stress urinary incontinence, Irish women will continue to be subjected to the risk of lifelong disabling complications from a procedure often described to patients as gold standard and a ‘quick-fix.’”
According to Ms. Power, mesh implants are anything but “gold standard.” Since 2008, thousands of women have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits against device manufacturers due to incidents of mesh erosion, chronic pain, organ damage, and other serious complications women and their families have been forced to endure.
What is Transvaginal Mesh?
Transvaginal mesh is a synthetic medical device that is most commonly used to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reclassified transvaginal mesh as a high-risk medical device after reports of serious complications exponentially grew since their first public warning in 2008.
The dangerous repercussions of mesh implants that have been continuously allowed are a direct result of insufficient evidence that put mesh devices on the market, and the failure of health professionals to appropriately respond to their potential harm. Their ban in the UK and Ireland until safe clinical requirements are met is absolutely vital in preventing further harm to women with POP or SUI.
Sadly, it came only after thousands of women suffered, and continue to suffer, from the device’s disabling complications. If you are one of these women, you need to contact a transvaginal mesh lawyer that can help you file a lawsuit against the irresponsible manufacturer. You could be entitled to compensation for the horrendous distress you’ve experienced from a medical device that was intended to alleviate pain.
Contact a Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer at Goldwater Law Firm
If you or a loved one has suffered from complications of a high-risk mesh procedure, call our office today to speak with a dedicated transvaginal mesh lawyer. Our team has handled numerous drug injury and medical device cases and have helped these people recover compensation for their pain and financial losses.
As a widely recognized and established personal injury firm in Arizona and across the United States, our transvaginal mesh lawyers have the experience and in-depth knowledge to guide you through filing a class action lawsuit. With Goldwater Law Firm, you don’t have to face the challenging legal process alone. We believe that everyone is entitled to competent, trustworthy, and aggressive legal representation, and that is exactly the kind of service we strive to provide to every client that walks through our door.
Thankfully, countries such as England and Ireland have suspended transvaginal mesh procedures until its risks are mitigated and it can be considered safe, but the thousands of women who have to live with the life-changing complications this faulty device has already caused deserve justice. An experienced transvaginal mesh lawyer at Goldwater Law Firm can help you fight for what’s fair, so you can have the peace of mind to move forward.