Mesh surgery is a complex procedure that involves treating a prolapse or incontinence in women by inserting mesh to support the internal organs within the pelvis. This is a controversial procedure that many experts believe to be out-dated but can still be performed in most public hospitals.

Campaigners against the use of mesh in vaginal surgery include many women who have experienced difficult and painful outcomes following these procedures. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) have updated their guidance on such surgery to state that this should only be carried out by gynaecologists who specialise in the surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse.


Many women who have experienced negative outcomes following vaginal surgery believe that the use of mesh in their treatment has caused long lasting problems. Recurrent infection, continued incontinence and severe pain can all result from this treatment, and many people believe that medical professionals should not advise it. Indeed, Scotland introduced a complete ban on the use of mesh in vaginal surgery in 2014.

So, if you have been treated using mesh surgery, and you are experiencing problems as a result, what should you do now? The first step is to discuss your case with a medical negligence solicitor, who can help you to establish whether you were wrongly advised, or the treatment or care you received fell below acceptable standards.


  1. Collect all relevant paperwork. When you are making a medical negligence claim, it’s vital to have all the correct documentation in place to prove your case. This means that you will need copies of your medical records, and notes pertaining to all appointments or treatments.
  2. Provide proof of identification. Your solicitor is required by law to keep a copy of any relevant documents which confirm your identity.
  3. Find a specialist solicitor. A solicitor who is experienced in medical negligence cases will have worked with similar claims in the past and will be able to provide support and knowledge to you throughout the process.
  4. Prove your case. Your solicitor* will handle the legal process for you, but in order to make a successful claim for medical negligence, you must be able to prove that your poor outcomes were due to the misjudgement or poor practice of the medical professional in question. This includes any misdiagnosis, or any treatment recommendation that was inappropriate for your situation.

How to Proceed with your case

If you feel that you may be entitled to bring a case as a result of an injury sustained due to the negligence of a medical professional, it is important to consult with a solicitor experienced in this area of law.

At S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors, we have 35 years’ experience in dealing with claims of this type and are sensitive to the burden that such litigation places on the claimant. This is why we take the time to understand the impact such injuries have on our clients everyday life and wellbeing.



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