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Posted on 27th June 2017

Makers of Vaginal Mesh Implants Under Scrutiny

Vaginal tapes and meshes are commonly used to treat conditions such as organ prolapse and urinary incontinence following childbirth.

The devices are used to support organs such as the bladder in an attempt to stop urine leakage and are made from a type of plastic called Polypropolene. This plastic is the same as is used in plastic drinking bottles.

There have been a number of instances where the tapes used have cut through tissue and protruded through the skin of the inner thigh.

One Belfast lady describes the symptoms of being like a “saw cutting into me, hot and burning. My actual skin had ripped open and was bleeding.” Another lady commented “the mesh had cut its way through like cheese-wire”

It is thought that between April 2007 and March 2015, 92,000 vaginal mesh implants had been used and 1 in 11 were experiencing complications.

The largest manufacturer of the product is Johnson & Johnson (there are other manufacturers), in an E-mail between employees of Johnson & Johnson which was leaked to the press, it was suggested that they had known about the problems with the mesh implants since 2004.

The US have paid out several billion dollars in compensation claims for failure of these products and the NHS could also face claims reaching in the tens of millions of pounds.


Clinical negligence cases where implants such as vaginal mesh or knee / hip replacement joints are used are classed a “product liability” cases. Our solicitors have the ability to deal with these types of niche cases, some law firms however do not have the required specialist knowledge.

 If vaginal mesh products have caused you injury, you could have grounds to make a compensation claim either against the NHS or against the manufacturers. If you would like a free claim assessment, contact us on 0330 355 9210 or