Woman's Ovaries Removed Without Consent During Mesh Operation
The Law Of…Removal Without Consent
Tony Dixon, renown for pioneering the use of vaginal mesh in bowel surgery, is currently the subject of an NHS investigation after removing a woman's ovaries without her prior consent during an operation.
Ian Cohen, Head of Clinical Negligence, comments on the story.
'In The Way'
Lucinda Methuen Campbell, recently deceased, stated that at no point did she consent to the removal of her ovaries before her vaginal mesh operation back in 2014. Mr Dixon's explanation for the removal was simply that they were "In the way".
Mrs Campbell consulted with Mr Dixon on many occasions before the operation took place at The Spire Hospital, Bristol. She was informed that her surgery was complex, and would require operating not only on her bowel, but her womb as well. She was notified shortly after the surgery that her ovaries had been removed.
Mrs Campbell stated that at no point was the removal suggested beforehand. When she asked why Mr Dixon went through with the removal without her consent, she explained that Dixon thought he "had done her a favour" and that a woman her age "wouldn't really need her ovaries".
Tony Dixon is internationally renowned for using mesh rectopexy for correcting bowel issues, usually suffered by women after childbirth. He is currently suspended from performing surgery in two Bristol hospitals.
Following these recent events, he has been referred to the General Medical Council by the NHS over mesh procedures.
Government Review Of Mesh Implants
Around 100,000 women have been fitted with vaginal mesh implants, the NHS estimates. In response to various social campaigns, the government has moved to review every case from 2005 onward where the mesh was issued to women.
Complications with vaginal mesh implants can leave women in agony. NHS figures say that only 2 to 5 percent of implants experiences issues, however, academics state 10 percent is a more likely figure, with campaigners stating 1 in 3 women are affected.
"It still amazes me that a limited number of doctors consider it acceptable to undertake surgical procedures without obtaining fully informed consent. This was not acceptable 20 years ago, never mind 4 years ago."
"We are also seeing an increasing number of clients from all over the country complaining about the use of vaginal mesh and the resulting significant complications. The findings of the Government review really can’t come quick enough. Unfortunately, they will be far too late for many women left with life-changing injuries."
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