The use of transvaginal tape (TVT or TVTO) for treatment of stress urinary incontinence was considered to be a simple, less invasive method of helping women with this troublesome and sometimes embarrassing condition.
However significant complications have been reported including bleeding, urethral or bladder injury, urethral or bladder mesh erosion, organ perforation, vaginal extrusion of mesh, urinary tract infection, pain, urinary urgency and bladder outlet obstruction.
Women did not receive sufficient information from their treating surgeons before undergoing mesh treatment.
Some women have been left with long term complications, unable to work, unable to enjoy social and leisure activities. They have been unable to have sexual intercourse and in very severe cases have been unable to walk. Studies suggest that as many as one in 10 women have suffered serious complications.
Amid safety concerns, the use of TVT and TVTO was halted across the UK in 2018.
However many women have highlighted the fact that they were not advised about the alternative forms of treatment for their stress urinary incontinence, about the conservative methods of treatment and safer alternative surgical options. Women were not given the choice between TVT surgery which involves making two small incisions in the abdomen or the use of TVTO surgery which involved making two small incisions in the groin (this type of surgery carried an increased risk of chronic groin and leg pain).
Claims are being pursued against the NHS trusts who were responsible for the mesh treatment. The allegations are of clinical negligence in the trusts failure to provide sufficient information to enable women to give fully informed consent to mesh treatment. Had women been told about the potential risks associated with mesh they would have opted for a safer alternative treatment had they been advised properly and been given a choice.
Our specialist harmful product solicitors will be able to help and support you when making a claim for compensation. We have worked with many women who have suffered injury due to TVT or TVTO surgery and have the skills, knowledge and experience to get you the best level of compensation for your claim.
We make claiming compensation straightforward. We offer free advice and guidance when investigating your claim, without obligation. We are available to meet with you face to face or to discuss matters over the phone. We also offer no win, no fee services – meaning that if your claim is unsuccessful we won’t charge you a penny.
How we can help
Our harmful products team has experience in pursuing mesh claims. If you have suffered as a result of receiving a transvaginal tape implant we can take you through the process of making a claim for compensation. In addition to your pain and suffering, you could be entitled to your out of pocket expenses incurred in seeking treatment, time off work and care needs. For more information or to find out if you are eligible to claim, get in touch using the phone or envelope icons on this page.