Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits to Begin in Scotland

Jane Akre
January 13, 2014
Photo from Daily Record, UK

Photo from Daily Record, UK

Scotland is taking the mesh mess seriously with that country’s product liability lawyers about to launch the biggest medical claim in Scottish legal history, reports the Daily Record.

Hundreds of victims of transvaginal mesh and their lawyers are preparing to sue not just the implant manufacturers but also the National Health Service (NHS). In Scotland the government covers devastating injuries.

The claims will be the NHS did not adequately warn individuals about the dangers of transvaginal mesh and the alternatives.

Victims want Health Secretary Alex Neil to create a health registry to determine how many women are affected as the true picture has not yet emerged in Scotland.

Marion Scott, reporter

Marion Scott, reporter

Marion Scott has been on this story since its inception. She is a contributor to Mesh News Desk.

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Two U.S. mesh removal doctors added their voices to a recent call by anti-mesh advocates to create a registry in Scotland.

Dr. Michael Thomas Margolis of Bay Area Pelvic Surgery and Dr. Shlomo Raz, a urologist from UCLA added their comments to the proceedings. Dr. Margolis wrote a letter to Minister Alex Neil and DR. Raz commented by email. Here is the letter.

Dr. Margolis is a surgeon in the area of female pelvic reconstruction. He’s been removing mesh implants since the mid 1990’s and now removes two a week. He reports complications include injuries to the bladder, bowel, blood vessels and vagina.

He told the parliament he’s treated “patients with vaginal mesh erosion, chronic complications of mesh including chronic infection, chronic scarring, chronic pain, morbid disfigurement and loss of function of the vagina.” Many marriages are ended by the mesh issue, he says.

Dr. Raz reported that partial mesh removals do not work for pain “It must be removed completely. Ultrasound is the only test that shows mesh. No other imaging will show it.”

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