Rectal mesh claims
If you have suffered ventral mesh rectopexy complications, then you could be entitled to compensation.
Mesh implants have been widely used across the UK for many years, however, there have been extensive reports of numerous rectopexy complications such as debilitating pain, bleeding and difficulty walking, following these operations.
Thompsons Solicitors has a number of mesh lawyers who are currently acting on behalf of more than 200 clients who have suffered complications of mesh implants. This includes over 50 clients in the South West who were treated with rectal mesh implants by Dr Tony Dixon, who is currently under investigation by his NHS trust after complaints were made by his former patients.
Many victims of ventral mesh rectopexy have claimed they were inadequately informed about the possible complications associated with rectal mesh implants. Complaints have also been made that some surgeons unnecessarily performed procedures without considering other less harmful treatments and operations.
If you’ve had a mesh rectopexy, Thompsons Solicitors’ legal medical negligence lawyers are only a phone call away to discuss your concerns and help you begin a rectal mesh claim.
What is a rectal mesh implant?
A rectal mesh implant is made of polypropylene, a type of plastic, which is one of the options available to strengthen damaged or weakened muscle or tissue. It is usually placed under the urethra or rectum to act as a sling through ventral mesh rectopexy.
Men, women and children receive rectal implants for health issues such as hernias and incontinence.
There are concerns that little or no information about the possible complications from undergoing a ventral mesh rectopexy has been provided to those treated and, in some cases, the information provided has been incorrect.
There are fears that many procedures have been performed by inadequately trained surgeons. Complaints have also been made that surgeons have failed to investigate less intrusive procedures before proceeding with mesh rectopexy.
Patients who have had a mesh rectopexy removal have also experienced problems as well. Unfortunately, the damage can be life-changing and irreversible to the patient.
Complications caused by rectal implants include:
- Chronic pain, especially in the abdomen and pelvic areas;
- Difficulty or inability to walk;
- Bladder perforation;
- Bladder infection;
- Bowel and nerve trauma;
- Mesh erosion or protrusion.
If you have suffered from rectopexy complications, get in touch with Thompsons Solicitors for legal advice on how to make a rectal mesh claim.
Frequently asked questions about making a rectal mesh claim
1. What should I do if I’m suffering with health problems after mesh rectopexy?
Thompsons Solicitors strongly advises anyone who thinks they have been injured as a result of a rectal mesh procedure to contact their GP immediately. If your GP concludes that your mesh implant is the cause of your suffering, or if they cannot explain it and you think it’s related to your rectopexy, then Thompsons Solicitors’ medical negligence lawyers can advise whether you can make a rectal mesh claim.
2. Can Thompsons Solicitors help me make a rectal mesh implant claim?
Thompsons Solicitors is already supporting many people who have suffered injury as a result of rectal implants.
Our team of experienced medical negligence lawyers will use their extensive legal knowledge to help you secure compensation after suffering ventral mesh rectopexy complications.
We are proud to only ever act for the injured, never insurance companies or defendants something few law firms commit to.
Call us today on 0800 0 224 224 for advice on how to make a rectal mesh claim, or fill in our online claim form.
3. I’m male – can I make a rectal mesh claim with Thompsons Solicitors?
Yes. Mesh implant surgery is performed on women, men and even children. If you have experienced health problems following rectal mesh surgery, you can talk to our medical negligence experts in confidence about the possibility of starting a rectal mesh implant claim.
4. Can I still make a rectal mesh claim for surgery I received years ago?
Yes. Some rectopexy complications have been known to manifest themselves years after insertion of the mesh.
The time limit in medical negligence cases is that it must be started within three years of the day you could have reasonably known that your injury was a result of ventral mesh rectopexy. An example of this is a diagnosis by a GP or any other medical professional. This means that even if you underwent a mesh rectopexy several years ago, and you are only now experiencing pain and discomfort, you could still be eligible to begin a rectal mesh implant claim.
Talk to our lawyers today for more information on how to begin your claim for compensation.
5. Can I still make a medical negligence claim if my rectal mesh surgery was performed at a private hospital?
Yes. Whether your rectopexy was paid for privately or you were referred to a private hopsital by the NHS, you are still able to make a medical negligence claim with us.
6. Do I have to pay to make a rectal mesh claim?
Thompsons Solicitors is always open and transparent about legal fees.
We always recommend clients beginning their rectal mesh compensation claim on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.
You can learn more about this by visiting our Fees and Payment page. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our legal advisors on 0800 0 224 224.
Our rectal mesh implant clients
Thompsons Solicitors’ medical negligence experts have vast experience in supporting clients across the UK in a range of compensation claims, including those who have been injured by rectal mesh implants.
Read some of our mesh implant clients’ stories below.
Jacqui approached Thompsons Solicitors to make a rectal mesh claim after spending many years in pain following a rectopexy performed by Bristol-based surgeon, Mr Dixon.
After the birth of her two children in 1992 and 1996, Jacqui experienced bowel problems which she hoped would be cured by the procedure, however, the surgery was unsuccessful and resulted in additional complications, which led to Mr Dixon performing a second procedure, known as STARR.
Jacqui continued to experience pain and was eventually forced to seek the advice of a gynaecologist. It was confirmed in 2016 that her suffering was partly caused by the original rectopexy procedure.
Thompsons Solicitors’ client, Sam, underwent rectopexy surgery by Mr Dixon in February 2011 to cure bowel problems caused by childbirth.
Although the surgery seemed to have worked, she soon started experiencing complications caused by the initial intervention. In November 2017, Sam underwent major surgery to remove the mesh implant inserted during the rectopexy and spent three days in intensive care to recover.
Sam said: “I have lost my job as a result of having so much time off for sickness and I now have to sell my house because I can’t afford to stay there. The whole ordeal has also cost me my marriage. Anyone who thinks their rectopexy procedure may be causing them issues should seek an immediate opinion from a medical professional, and I urge anyone with these problems to get legal advice from Thompsons Solicitors”.
Get in touch with Thompsons Solicitors for expert legal advice on how to claim rectal mesh compensation - call us on 0800 0 224 224 or fill in our online claim form.