Engaging with medical professionals can be a daunting task. You have to share confidential, personal and often embarrassing information about your body, but the answers you obtain can transform your life.
As such, the key characteristic of doctor-patient relationships is trust. So when a mistake arises or a health professional fails to inform their patient, the results can be emotionally and psychically damaging. If this has happened to you, it’s essential to get in contact with a specialist medical malpractice lawyer.
Urogynaecological surgical mesh leads to health issues
A recent announcement from the Department of Health in Australia warns consumers and medical professionals of the risks certain kinds of medical meshes pose. Specifically, the agency is currently monitoring the use of urogynaecological surgical meshes and is encouraging the public and professional body to report any adverse effects.
The Department believes that many cases are not being reported, mainly because the symptoms are not always associated with an adverse event.
The mesh is used to treat a number of different conditions that impact females. For instance, a doctor would use it when treating pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
The warning is part of a bigger initiative that has been monitoring urogynaecological surgical mesh since early 2008. Between July 2012 to 1 June 2016, the government has received 99 reports of adverse effects and many of these influence pain and erode health.
What is an adverse effect?
To ensure that you know what symptoms to be aware of, the health department released a list. They include, but are not limited to:
- Irritation of the wound
- A reaction, such as inflammation or wound breakdown
- A flow-on effect to another, existing infection, which increases its potency
- Temporary or permanent lower urinary tract obstruction
- Acute or chronic pain
- Malfunctioning urination
- Pain while engaging in intercourse
- Bleeding, abscesses and swelling
- Atypical vaginal discharge
For those that have experienced similar symptoms after being exposed to urogynaecological mesh during surgery, it’s important to seek medical expertise as soon as possible.
If your problems are the fault of a doctor, you could be entitled to injury compensation. To ensure you have all the information you need, make sure you talk to a lawyer who is experienced in medical malpractice claims.
If you would like to know more, talk to a medical negligence lawyer today. Contact a representative of Gerard Malouf and Partners.