2017 saw a number of vaginal mesh claims being initiated in Ireland is it is likely, following recent media reports in the United States and United Kingdom, that there will be a number of new cases submitted as the topic has made the headlines once more.
In 2017 legal counsel for the women who took the legal actions in Ireland stated that they (they women) only became aware of the cause of their suffering after they witnessed new reports from the UK on the matter.
There is currently a ban on vaginal mesh being used medically in the UK. In the USA more than 100,000 people have submitted compensation claims due to injuries and illnesses that the believe was caused by the use of vaginal mesh.
UK specialist chemist Dr Chris DeArmitt, has aided almost 9,000 women settle their vaginal mesh compensation claims. He said, during a recent interview with Sky News, that the use of the material is unsafe: “There are two main reasons why any plastics material expert will tell you just obviously that this is a bad material and I have never heard anyone who disagrees with me. I see an absolute disregard for proper testing. Testing is way less than you would see on a vacuum cleaner or a washing machine. It’s shocking. I’ve never seen anything like it in my career.”
The ban in the UK will remain active until such time as the results of an independent safety review are fully properly examined. The report was begun following report of thousands of women suffering from constant pain in the aftermath of the use of vaginal mesh being used as a treatment form for them. Common painful symptoms of complications with vaginal mesh included constant pain, sex being uncomfortable, daily work tasks being difficult due to pain and mobility issues. This pain is caused when vaginal mesh cuts through organs, impacting tissue and can lead to causing permanent nerve damage.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US prohibited the trading of all mesh intended for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. This decision was taken due to the suffering of many women who had the procedure being witnessed.
National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) in the UK revealed that they are considering reinstating vaginal mesh a treatment option once the current ban is lifted. A release from NICE remarked: “The benefits and risks of each type of treatment are laid out to ensure every woman is fully informed. Where the evidence is limited, this is also highlighted. There are a number of procedures recommended by NICE, including mesh procedures.”