Mesh implants have been used across the UK for many years to treat a variety of health issues in women, men and children. However, they have come under scrutiny over the last few years, with thousands of patients now reporting the complications they have suffered since receiving mesh surgery.
What is mesh?
Surgical mesh is an implant that’s given to women, men and even children to treat health issues such as incontinence, prolapse and hernias. They’re mainly made from the same synthetic material, propylene, used to make certain drinks bottles.
The safety of these implants is now in question, with many victims claiming they were inadequately informed about the possible complications associated with mesh implants. Some surgeons are being accused of unnecessarily performing procedures without considering less harmful or invasive treatments first.
Some of the complications patients have reported include:
- Chronic pain, especially in the abodomen and pelvic areas
- Difficulty or inability to walk
- Bladder perforation
- Bladder infection
- Vaginal erosion or scarring
- Bowel and nerve trauma
- Mesh erosion or protrusion.
We’ve outlined the different types of mesh implants offered to patients, and what you should do if you have experienced any of these complications following mesh surgery.