Government acknowledges risk of vaginal mesh surgery

By Gary Adair

The government has acknowledged for the first time that the use of vaginal mesh surgery exposed women in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK to unacceptable risks.

The department of health had previously maintained that any risks of vaginal mesh were outweighed by the benefits. Junior minister Jackie Doyle-Price has since said that the use of vaginal implants was a "tragedy" that had resulted in "debilitating injuries". She added that there should be concern about "the extent" of use of the vaginal mesh implants.

Labour MP, Emma Hardy, cited figures from an NHS Digital report that said 79 per cent of women who had a vaginal mesh procedure required follow up appointments with gynaecologists within one year. Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston said mesh implants were aggressively marketed and that there were "cavalier attitudes" with regard to their use. She said that many women have suffered "profound, life-changing injuries" as a result of the implants, and she believed that many of the women were "entitled ... to compensation."

Over the past decade 1 in 15 women who have had had the vaginal mesh implant have had it partially or fully removed, with on average 500 removal surgeries taking place in each of the last 10 years.

Wilson Nesbitt solicitors is representing a number of women in Northern Ireland who experienced complications as a result of having vaginal mesh implants. If you require legal advice in respect of making a claim for compensation in respect of injury and loss suffered in connection with the implants, contact one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors in Belfast or Bangor by clicking here.