More than 127,000 women in the UK have had mesh and tape implants for side effects typically following childbirth, according to the NHS.

Hundreds more, including men and children, have been offered mesh surgery as a treatment for rectal prolapses and abdominal hernias. Figures for private mesh operations are, as yet, unknown.

Many people who have had a mesh implant are now suffering from severe pain, life-long injuries and psychological trauma as a result of their operations. Some have been able to have their mesh implants removed, but for some, it’s not a possibility. Victims of mesh injuries are often scarred for life, physically and mentally. People are are fighting for answers and Thompsons is fighting with them.

We know that almost everyone who had a mesh sling, mesh tape, tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) or ventral mesh rectopexy operations were either not told about the potential risks when they were offered the surgery or were told it was a very simple operation with minimal side effects. They are now paying the price with serious health complications.

Thompsons Solicitors believes that mesh may be the biggest medical scandal to hit the UK since thalidomide, and we are committed to fighting for those who have been affected.

Independent review into pelvic mesh

In February 2018, Baroness Cumberlege was asked by the government to carry out an independent review of pelvic mesh and the conclusion is due to be published on 8 July 2020.

Thompsons is privileged to be able to support mesh surgery victims. We will continue to support them and call for an end to mesh use in the UK.


Mesh is still used by surgeons in the UK, despite being banned in New Zealand and Australia. Even now, patients are being told mesh is the answer for vaginal and rectal prolapse, as well as incontinence when there are other non-invasive options available that are often not exhausted first.

Thompsons Solicitors has a long and proud history of representing people who have suffered from medical negligence and has always refused to act for anyone other than injured people and never for insurance companies.