Mesh glossary of terms
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.
A hernia mesh implant is one of the options available to treat men, women and children who are suffering from hernias. The implant is made of synthetic material and is used to repair hernias. If you have suffered pain and discomfort from hernia mesh complications, please contact your GP immediately for medical advice.
A mid-urethral sling operation is a type of operation to treat stress urinary incontinence. The sling is placed underneath the urethra – the tube that goes from your bladder to the outside – and is used to support the urethra when doing impact activities like running, or even laughing or sneezing. While most women recover after a MUS operation, some can experience complications such as burning and stinging when passing urine, pain and discomfort, and vaginal bleeding.
Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) is used to treat stress-incontinence in women, which is common after childbirth and the menopause. This mesh is used to stop women from leaking from their bladders when running, jumping, and even sneezing or coughing. TVT is also offered as a treatment for women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse, which is also common after childbirth. The mesh is used to support the pelvic floor muscles, ligaments and tissue that are weakened or damaged.
Transobturator tape (TOT) operation is used to treat stress and urinary incontinence in women. The fine tape, which is a non-absorbable synthetic material, is inserted to support the urethra. The operation involves making small incisions on each side of the groin and through the vagina.
Ventral mesh rectopexy is a type of surgery that treats health issues such as hernias and incontinence in men, women and children. The rectal mesh implant is made of polypropylene, a type of plastic, and is placed under the urethra or rectum to act as a sling.
What should you do if you think you’re experiencing a mesh implant problem?
If you, or someone you know, have suffered as a result of mesh surgery, our expert team are on hand to offer legal advice on starting a vaginal mesh, rectal mesh or a hernia mesh claim. Click the links below for more information.