On International Women’s Day we look at a medical issue that is affecting thousands of women across the world: complications arising from vaginal mesh surgery.

Globally, surgical repair for vaginal prolapse is a common procedure that assists thousands of women each year. Transvaginal mesh is used to correct prolapse, which often occurs after childbirth or menopause.

Unfortunately, not all women come out of the surgery with a positive outcome, and some are often worse off. Complications of vaginal mesh repair can include haemorrhaging, painful intercourse, infection, and incontinence.  In recent years, tens of thousands of Australian women have experienced an unacceptably high rate of complications, subsequently requiring revision surgery to manage the above symptoms.

High levels of complaints internationally have led to several brands of surgical mesh being investigated, with some implants voluntarily withdrawn by their manufacturers.  Rising numbers of serious complications associated with the placement of mesh in pelvic prolapse surgery also forced the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration to investigate the issue in 2014. This government organisation called for in-depth testing and clinical studies to support the assumption that the vaginal mesh is beneficial to women.

The impact of faulty implants can leave a lasting impact on your life.  At Stacks Goudkamp we have medical negligence specialists whose legal advice and services can help reduce the stress of negligent surgery, and take steps towards delivering you the outcome you deserve.

If you believe you have suffered injury because of a faulty mesh implant or any other type of medical device, then you may have a claim for compensation against the manufacturer and distributor of the product.  If you would like more information about medical negligence claims and what you can do, call Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 25 1800 or make an online enquiry for a free, no obligation consultation.

Written by Vladana Vracar.

Vladana is a Law Clerk in Julie Mahony’s Practice Group. Vladana primarily assists Julie with medical negligence claims, including representing women who have suffered injury from vaginal mesh surgery.  Vladana is due to be admitted as a Solicitor later this year.