Janet Eaton is one of more than 200 people who have turned to Thompsons Solicitors for legal support after experiencing life-changing complications following mesh surgery.

The Manchester woman had trans-vaginal tape (TVT) mesh surgery in August 2015 to reverse incontinence caused by child birth.

However, within days of the procedure, she developed crippling pain that left her unable to work, drive or walk long distances.

“Everything felt so rushed,” said Janet. “As soon as I saw the surgeon, he was set on the idea of me having mesh – or a ‘cradle’ as he called it. I was never fully informed about the potential side effects and, before I knew it, I was under the knife.”

“Mesh has ruined my life. I cannot work and I’m in constant pain. What’s worse is that it’s put a huge emotional strain on my marriage. My husband and I have been in floods of tears numerous times."

Janet Eaton, Mesh injury client

Around two months after the surgery, in agony and with no follow-up appointment scheduled, she contacted the hospital for help. The surgeon performed a ‘trimming’ procedure to remove excess mesh, but the pain failed to subside and Janet suffered for nearly two years before visiting a gynaecologist at a different hospital.

“The gynaecologist told me I had a ‘razorblade’ in me,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it. This description is far removed from the ‘cradle’ my surgeon discussed, but I know which one is more accurate.”

Janet was referred to another hospital, eventually undergoing mesh removal surgery in December 2018. She is awaiting a second procedure later this year and continues to experience pain and incontinence. She has been unable to work since mesh was implanted four years ago.

Janet has requested Thompsons Solicitors’ support with a compensation claim.

“Mesh has ruined my life,” she said. “I cannot work and I’m in constant pain. What’s worse is that it’s put a huge emotional strain on my marriage. My husband and I have been in floods of tears numerous times.

“There’s no way I would have had the surgery if I knew what could happen. I feel like the surgeon has taken away four years of my life and potentially many more to come. I’m just glad that I have Thompsons Solicitors on my side. For the first time in years, I feel like real progress is being made.”

Thompsons Solicitors is representing more than 200 people in the UK who have suffered because of mesh implant surgery. Find out more about how we are raising awareness of the dangers of mesh here.