Scottish Women Move Court After Vaginal Mesh Implants Force Them to Give Up Sex

by Anubha Sinha on  March 13, 2014 at 8:22 PM Women Health News
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In Scotland, 400 women have reportedly claimed damages for the problems they have been facing with the vaginal mesh implants that they had.
 Scottish Women Move Court After Vaginal Mesh Implants Force Them to Give Up Sex
Scottish Women Move Court After Vaginal Mesh Implants Force Them to Give Up Sex

According to injury lawyers, hundreds of women faced excruciating pain and in some cases they had to give up sex after the vaginal implants that they got to treat pelvic organ prolapse.

One law firm in Scotland informed that 50 cases were already being investigated and more women were approaching them.

In some cases, the women were informed that they could not have sex after the implants as the device became stiff inside them. The implants can be made of either synthetic or biological materials.

Every year, around 1,500 women get the vaginal mesh implant. According to experts, the implants were effective and did not cause painful side effects. Even health authorities have said that though some women were undergoing "distressing effects", the device had more advantages than the risks.

In the wake of the problems put up by angry women, Labour opposition has asked the NHS in Scotland to suspend the procedures pending an investigation.

Lindsay Bruce from Thompson's Solicitors said Scotland witnessed many cases and there were chances that the problem was more widespread with affected women outnumbering PIP breast implant scandal. "This is not just a handful of cases, this is hundreds and hundreds of women coming forward now...The regulation has to be questioned," said Bruce.

One woman who got the mesh implant in 2011 could not get the implant removed even after four surgeries as it had hardened inside her. In another case, the woman complained of constant pain and could not have sex as it entailed injury to her partner.

In 2012, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency had ordered a review about the safety of surgical meshes used to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse is bulging of one or more of the pelvic organs into the vagina.

Source: Medindia

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