How To Claim Compensation For Your Failed TVT Operation16th Dec 2016
TVT (Tension-Free Vaginal Tape) procedures were designed to help stop incontinence after childbirth.
Victims were told the operations were low-risk – but then suffered agonising pelvic and vaginal pain.
Other symptoms can include nerve damage, scarring, fistulas, infections, urinary retention, vaginal bleeding and discharge, blood in stools, auto-immune problems.
Failed TVT operations can ruin lives. They can cause incontinence – the very problem they were supposed to cure – and can also stop couples from having sex.
So how do you claim compensation to treat the problem and stop the pain? There are three main grounds for complaint:
Surgical Error – Your Consultant Botched The TVT Operation
Your TVT tape may have been implanted badly. This lack of surgical care may have caused the mesh to move inside your body – cutting into your flesh and even perforating organs.
In these cases, we get specialist advice from medical experts to prove the treatment you received was sub-standard.
Your Implanted TVT Mesh Was Defective
It may be that – while the procedure was carried out correctly – the implanted tape failed, resulting in complications.
Removing the mesh may not be easy as it can break up. It can require multiple operations to remove all the pieces – resulting in a claim to cover the cost of all the corrective treatment.
You Were Not Told Of All The Risks Beforehand
Did the doctors fail to warn you about all the risks before your TVT procedure?
If they did not tell you in full about what could go wrong then the permission you gave them to operate was not ‘informed consent’.
Or perhaps you were not told of other less invasive treatments for your condition. Maybe you were not offered alternatives, such as pelvic floor exercises.
If so, you may have grounds for legal action against the hospital and its medical staff for failing to obtain proper consent before carrying out your operation.
In all these cases, compensation may not be limited to your physical injuries and any loss of earnings you may have suffered.
Failed TVT operations can also result in psychological injuries because of the nature of their symptoms, the emotional distress they can cause and their impact on marriages and relationships.
Find out more about claiming compensation by contacting Coles Miller Partner Lydia Barnett, a medical negligence solicitor who specialises in TVT cases, 01202 355695.