Life after mesh – how mums can move on

The devastating consequences that some women have been facing following mesh implants have come to light more recently. Following mesh procedures, women have been left with debilitating health implications affecting every aspect of their life.

We have put together this guide to outline some of the ways in which mums can start to move on following the negative consequences of mesh implants.

Medical advice

Firstly, it is important to seek medical advice on the health problems that you are living with. Although this may seem obvious, many individuals do suffer in silence. This is perhaps due to a lack of clarity surrounding the side effects and whether help is available.

By seeking medical advice, you may find that there are some ways to alleviate the pain that you are suffering with to help you day-to-day.

Support groups

Many women are fighting to raise awareness of the dangers associated with the procedure. As a result of this, a number of support groups like Sling The Mesh have been developed, bringing together those who have been affected.

Becoming part of a support group can be an incredibly important step in moving on from mesh surgery, as you will have the opportunity to talk with other women in a similar position to you and support one another. Most importantly, this can help you to feel that you are not alone through the journey.

Make adjustments

Complications following mesh implants can be severe, affecting your ability to carry on with your usual day-to-day tasks. To try and limit the impact of these complications, it may be helpful to alter aspects of your daily life.

An example of this could be ensuring that you don’t undertake strenuous tasks, notifying your employer of the difficulties you are facing and giving yourself more time to do things than you usually would to limit the pain you feel. You could also try to share out childcare tasks, to reduce the pressure upon yourself.

Seek help

Coming to terms with the consequences of mesh implants can be incredibly daunting and stressful. In this time, it is important to speak with your family and close friends about how you are feeling, as this will also allow them to help support you.

Alongside the physical consequences of mesh there can also be psychological trauma. If you feel that you are struggling, there are many specialist services out there to help you come to terms with what has happened.

Take it one step at a time

Everybody’s experience will be different and for this reason, taking time and not rushing yourself to be able to act in the same way as you did before the surgery, could make all the difference. Life may have to change, but there will always be ways that you can adapt and people to help you along the way.

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If you have suffered complications following vaginal mesh surgery, Thompsons Solicitors’ team of expert lawyers will be able to determine whether you are eligible to make a vaginal mesh compensation claim. Our specialists are dedicated to fighting for those affected by mesh and will support you every step of the way. For more information, call 0800 0 224 224 or visit the website.

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