Scottish Mesh Survivors Call for Halt to Transvaginal Mesh Operations
On the morning of June 3rd, campaigners Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy provided evidence about transvaginal mesh’s harmful and life-limiting side effects to the Public Petitions Committee.
“We can’t change what happened to us but it’s not too late to make the changes we believe will protect others from future injury saving them and their families from pain, frustration and helplessness and possible disability,” Holmes said in her opening statement. She later testified that her transvaginal mesh device had so crippled her that she often had to use a wheelchair, and could barely walk from her front door to her driveway.
About 1,500 women in Scotland alone received transvaginal mesh implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. However, since the devices have been marketed across the globe – not just in the United States – thousands of women have suffered severe pain, continued urinary incontinence or organ prolapse, organ perforation as the transvaginal mesh deteriorates, infection, bleeding, and painful sexual intercourse.
McIlroy also testified that she once had an active life, but that her transvaginal mesh implant had caused such severe pain that she could barely walk. “The eyes of the mesh injured women across the world are watching what is happening here today in the Scottish Parliament and are all relying on Scotland taking the initiative and leading the way to prevent even more victims being harmed by mesh implants,” she said as part of her closing statement.
After the testimonies, Health Secretary Alex Neil said he had written to the chairman of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) seeking an “urgent meeting to discuss on-going concerns over the use of transvaginal mesh implants”.
“It is extremely upsetting to hear the accounts of women who have experienced unimaginable suffering as a result of having this procedure,” he continued. “It is imperative that we have expert opinion of the full implications of the use of mesh implants and I think it is of paramount importance that we can be in a position to reassure women all across Scotland that this issue is being treated with the severity it deserves.”
Many personal injury lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers are already in trial in both the United States and Canada. Scotland also faces hundreds of transvaginal mesh personal injury lawsuits, which are scheduled to begin next year.
McIlroy said in her statement: “The women have been working on new consent forms which will contain all the complications. One of the big problems has been that the women were not given proper advice before they got the operations.
“They weren’t told the life changing side effects and they were not offered alternatives. We have some of the world’s top docs writing to Health Secretary Alex Neil asking him to stop mesh in our hospitals.”
The Strom Law Firm Fights for Women in Transvaginal Mesh Personal Injury Cases
Transvaginal mesh kits were initially produced to help with pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Several varieties of mesh kits exist, but transvaginal mesh specifically was supposed to produce less scarring and pain because the procedure was less invasive. However, vaginal mesh slings can cause a host of problems, including organ perforation, infection, internal scarring, continued organ prolapse, and bleeding. If you or a loved one has pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, have had a transvaginal mesh device implanted, and have since experienced detrimental complications, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced lawyers at Strom Law, LLC can help. We offer free consultations, so please contact us today, and we can help get you on the road to recovery. 803.252.4800