What is the campaign about?

Sling The Mesh Campaign. Image: Michelle Deyna-Hayward.
Sling The Mesh Campaign. Image: Michelle Deyna-Hayward.

The campaign is calling for: An operation, using mesh implants, with unacceptable risks, to be stopped. The implants are also known as tension free vaginal tape or mesh reinforcement.

And: The Government to tighten up legislation on passing medical devices for use in surgery.

Also: A National Register to  track mesh problems.

Meanwhile: Life changing risks to be properly explained to patients before they consent as per Montgomery Ruling guidelines.


Mesh implants are maiming women globally.
Mesh implants are maiming women globally.

Women are calling for an operation with life-changing risks to be suspended across the UK.

The procedure was halted in Scotland in June 2014 but reinstated in March 2017 amid claims of a whitewash independent inquiry.

Local newspaper journalist, Kath Sansom, had the mesh implant operation on the NHS in 2015 which left her with searing leg and groin pain.

After three weeks of sleepless nights in agony, a Google search revealed she was not alone. Thousands globally are suffering. The latest country to introduce vaginal mesh implants is India. Angry at realising she was unwittingly involved in a massive women’s medical disaster, Kath set up Sling The Mesh campaign,  officially launched 10 weeks after her operation.

The Facebook group now has more than 1,300 members although there are many other groups across the world – see bottom of page for details. The aim is to raise awareness of the risks of this 20 minute, day case operation. In the UK alone, the tape devices, made of mesh, to fix incontinence, have been given to more than 100,000 women in the last 10 years.

Kath Sansom
Kath Sansom

Mesh implants are used to fix incontinence or prolapse, often caused by natural childbirth. High impact training, which puts pressure on the pelvic floor, can also trigger problems. Incontinence is a common problem for high performing athletes. Some suffer from the distressing condition of incontinence or prolapse due to joint hypermobility syndrome, others for no apparent reason, from a  young age.

Kath said:: “There are women in wheelchairs or walking with sticks because of this operation. Others with life-altering chronic pain, on cocktails of high dose medication. Many can no longer work, marriages have broken down and all for a 20 minute, day case operation that was supposed to improve their quality of life.

Lost sex lives

“At least half the women in my campaign have lost their sex lives where the mesh has either cut into or inflamed their sensitive tissue. It becomes too painful to try to have personal relationships. Women say they feel as if they have been sexually neutered.

“Overnight I went from a super fit mum of teenagers who did boxing training twice a week, high board diving, swimming, mountain biking and dancing at gigs, to a physical wreck who could just about walk my dog round the park.”

Mesh kits

A TVT mesh Kit
A TVT mesh kit for incontinence

For the incontinence operation a surgeon implants a mesh tape sling.

It is known as a TVT or TVTO which stands for tension free vaginal tape.

It can also be called a transvaginal mesh (TVM) or a mid urethral sling (MUS). It is inserted blindly using a set of hooks known as trocars.

For pelvic organ prolapse, surgeons insert a patch of mesh with arm-like pieces to attach it inside a woman’s body. Again using hooks.

In both cases,  vaginal mesh implants are the only type of surgery performed “blind”. Other operations are performed open where a surgeon can see what they are doing, or using key hole techniques and a camera to guide them.

A prolapse mesh kit
A prolapse mesh kit

Traditional surgery

Traditional surgical fixes for incontinence take up to four hours followed by three to four nights in hospital.

One is called the Burch colposuspension, which is like a hitch and stitch.

The other is an autologous sling, which uses muscle from the stomach wall to make a natural sling.

The incontinence mesh operations take 20 minutes as a day case procedure.The money-saving motivation of mesh is real.


Campaigning by Scottish mums Olive McIlroy and Elaine Holmes, along with journalist Marion Scott, led to former Scottish Health Minister Alex Neill calling for a suspension of mesh implants in June 2014.

However, after a three year review, a final report was released on March 27, 2017, which says the suspension is lifted because it claims the implants are safe to use under guidance.

The review’s chairman, a clinician and two patient reps resigned amid whitewash claims.


Missing chapter

The Scottish Independent Review was published amid claims of a whitewash because a whole chapter on risks of this operation was omitted.

Plastic can shrink

No information was included on how the plastic polypropylene material can shrink, twist or degrade and leach toxins.

High risk

No mention was made of how prolapse mesh has been upgraded to a higher risk device in America nor a report included by the FDA – America’s health watchdog body – which says the trocars (hooks) to implant the mesh can cause injuries for up to 40% of women having prolapse mesh or 30% of women having mesh for incontinence. Read the report here.

Guesswork surgery

No mention was made in the Scottish Independent Review that this is the ONLY surgery performed blind. The plastic mesh tape sling is inserted by guesswork, a bit like touch typing.

Clean contaminated field

There was no mention in the review that the plastic is inserted through the clean, contaminated, surgical field of the vagina.  That means an area of good bacteria is invaded by a foreign body – a piece of plastic – where it can harbour bacteria causing lifelong urinary infections.

Lies, damn lies and statistics

The review does not explain the statistics used in a report published in the Lancet in 2016.

The report claims mesh is low risk BUT it uses Hospital Episode Statistics, known as HES data. If a woman presents with a mesh complication to her GP but does not go to hospital for it then she is not included in the HES data. Women given antibiotics for constant water infections or given high doses of pain killers but not referred to hospital, for example, will not be included in the HES.

That means the figures of risk will be VASTLY under reported. Read the flawed study here

Bigger disaster than thalidomide

The mesh has caused so many health problems in Australia that some of the products were de-registered there in November 2014.

Senator Derryn Hinch is fighting vaginal mesh implants calling them the worst medical disaster for women since Thalidomide.

The scandal in the 50s and 60s saw babies born with deformed limbs after women were prescribed Thalidomide as a morning sickness drug with devastating complications.


In the USA more than 100,000 lawsuits have been filed from women who have suffered permanent disabilities .

Leading American surgeon Tom Margolis felt so strongly about the TVT product that he wrote to Scottish Parliament urging them to ban the operation, saying the use of the mesh : “Must stop immediately. The complications from this defective surgical theory and defective material far outweigh the potential benefits.”Read the letter:

Orange netting as mesh implant

The TVT mesh is one of many medical devices, including metal on metal hip implants and the disastrous PIP breast implants that used mattress grade silicone, that campaigners say are too easily approved for use.

The Times report
The Times report

In January 2015, a team of undercover scientists took a piece of fruit netting, used to package oranges, to a regulatory body in Austria and were on the brink of getting a CE Kitemark approval for it, to prove how lax the system is.

Read the full report in The Times.


Kath, whose girls are 14 and 20, decided to have a TVT mesh bladder sling after suffering what many mums are left with after childbirth – mild stress urinary incontinence. She was told it was a minimally invasive, relatively low risk, operation taking less than half an hour.

However, she has since found out what she thought was a body-friendly sling is made from polypropylene plastic mesh – the same material used to make drinks bottles .

Permanent implant

She said: “The mesh is harsh with rough edges as sharp as a razor blade and feels more like the sort of material you would find on a building site not the type of thing to be put near the most delicate area in a woman’s body.”

Removing mesh is like trying to get chewing gum out of matted hair.
Removing mesh is like trying to get chewing gum out of matted hair.

Once inserted the mesh takes about four to six weeks to knit into the tissues.

After that it is like trying to get chewing gum out of matted hair.

Unlike other implants, that are relatively easy to be removed if there are problems, vaginal mesh is designed to be permanent. Surgeons can put it in but those same surgeons cannot take it out if a woman presents with complications.

Living a new normal

There are only a few surgeons in the world who can successfully remove it. Kath had her mesh sling removed by Natalia Price in Oxford in October 2015 and although quality of life has improved she is adjusting to a new normal.

She can no longer put impact on her legs. Even the shortest run, skip or jump will put her on pain medication for days. Before mesh she planned to cycle Snowdon’s gruelling Marin Trail. Now she can cycle for about 10 minutes on flat ground before leg pain kicks in.

Many mesh injured women survive on a cocktail of pain killers.
Many mesh injured women survive on a cocktail of pain killers.

“I was not told that I may suffer horrible leg and pelvic pains or that I would feel like I was being cut by cheese wire inside my body.

“I was not told that this was a permanent device. Some women are on pain killers for life, suffer bloating from the inflammation and go on to develop auto immune diseases like fibromyalgia.

“There are online support forums across the globe with tales of women suffering and crying out for help. When it goes wrong it goes spectacularly wrong and it is not a risk worth taking.

“Few surgeons give women fully informed consent; risks are not properly explained,” she said. “In the world of mesh removals I’ve had a good recovery compared to many others, but even my health has been compromised. None of us ever go back to what we were.”

Human guinea pigs

Woman are the human guinea pigs for a product that was launched on the market in 1996 having only been tested in a few dogs, sheep and rabbits, who cannot speak of crippling pain or lost sex lives.

Women are human guinea pigs. Image: Michelle Deyna-Hayward.
Women are human guinea pigs. Image: Michelle Deyna-Hayward.

Those who support mesh say it is one of the most studied operations in the world.

However, most of those studies are either short term or are run by biased medics, who have previously or still have financial interests within the medical device industry.

Alternatively, they use flawed statistics such as Hospital Episode Statistics (HES).

The HES only record if a woman has been treated for her complications in hospital and does not take into account women suffering pain going back and forth to their GP.


Bias in medical studies unravelled itself in the 2015 Cochrane Review into mesh which looked at 81 different reports.

Out of those 81 , only two were at a low risk of bias. A total of 13 were high risk and the other 66 were unclear.

Read more about the mesh Cochrane Review

Jeremy Vine Show

Sling The Mesh featured on The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 for the lunchtime medical slot which was guest hosted by BBC media editor, Amol Rajan, and GP Sarah Jarvis. Monday January 23, 2017 at 1pm.  Listen here

Sky News

When the campaign launched in 2015 it was featured on Sky News with reporter Charlotte Lomas-Farley.

Sling The Mesh logo with thanks to artist Michelle Deyna- Hayward.
Sling The Mesh logo with thanks to artist Michelle Deyna- Hayward.


AMERICA Dr Raz explains why he will not use mesh implants.

AUSTRALIA Senator Derryn Hinch backs campaigners who are calling for the surgery to stop.

BELGIUM Women have joined forces to fight mesh implants 

CANADA Campaigners are desperate for their voices to be head amid a backdrop of legal cases suing for being maimed.

DENMARK  Doctors advised to call in Danish women who received synthetic mesh implants 

FINLAND Women in a Facebook support group.

ISRAEL  The legal cases are ongoing in Israel.

NEW ZEALAND  Just one of many women suffering after a mesh implant.

NORTHERN IRELAND  Women are fighting to be transferred to England for mesh removal with a specialist who can remove mesh implants if they have complications because nobody in Ireland can do it. So far nobody is listening. to them.

SCOTLAND The eyes of the world are on Scotland where politically they are leading the way by being the first to take the fight to Parliament. An independent review reinstated mesh implants in March 2017 amid claims of a whitewash. Campaigners are now looking into launching a legal challenge.




38 thoughts on “What is the campaign about?

  1. I’ve had the mesh surgically removed, after dilation (stretching) failed, and an attempt to cut the tape to remove the pressure found that the tape was not in the place it was meant to be. It turned out that my tape had been place too high and too tight, resulting in the need for very painful self catharsis, I was left unable to pass wee and constant pain.
    The removal of the tape has improved my ability to void, but the pain is worse than ever. I cannot stand or walk for more than a few minutes, I have a patchwork Vagina, permanent nerve damage and swelling internally and external. I will never have sex again.
    I am now due operation no 5, having finally found help at UCLH London an MRI revealed that a piece of tape had eroded into my urethra and was not removed in the last surgery. I have been warned that this surgery may leave my bladder unstable and further surgery is likely. I also had to undergo a hernia repair in my bowel, but that has failed and I will require another op to correct.
    I am pursuing the original urologist for damages, he has finally made an offer of settlement but it doesn’t go anywhere near covering my losses.
    I have not been able to take my children out, watch them play sports, enjoy anytime with them that would require me to stand or walk for more than a few minutes.
    I have been working throughout, but had to give up the job I loved after that first op as I physically couldn’t do it. I then went to work in an office, but the stress and worry of operation no 5, got to me and I had a mental breakdown resulting in my being left with real financial hardship, and still the prospect of surgery no 5, the possibility of no 6, and another op to repair the failed hernia.
    I was a fit and healthy mum of 3, I played league netball twice a week, worked as an education assistant on a farm, l had the occasional Tena moment but it was not a problem…. My problems started in 2013, when I had a nasty cough that caused me to leak, I noticed blood in my wee, so went to my GP who referred me to a urologist. He found that I had polyps in my bladder, nothing to worry about he said…. but he said that the leaking would only get worse as I got older. He told me about a simple procedure that would fix it all. God if only I could turn back time, I would never have had the TVT. My life has been ruined. My body has been wrecked and now my mental wellbeing is in a very fragile place.
    I would really like to join your campaign.

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  2. I have developed serious problems after I hav had a bladderl lift operation done at the same time as my hysterectomy in 1999. I started to develop chronic UTI’s and vaginitis. My body became allergic to all NSAD painkillers as well as paracetamol , some antibiotics such as penicillin and other things such as dust, mould, grass, gluten and dairy. I have never had any allergies as a child and have been healthy. My body started to really play up with pain in my muscles and joints. Injuries would not heal and I started to get growths in my sinuses, vagina and developed kidney cancer. I have all the symptoms and has not have had an intemet relationship with my hubby for more than 10 years. I have unbairable Pelvic pain and are very tired. A 13 – 15 cm mesh was removed from my female fault area early in December 2015 after by a gynochologist. It has eroded through my cervix and eaten away the neck of my vagina. Since I have had a partial nephrectomy of my right kidney but am in a lot of pain still as it is taking a long time to heal. I am on chronic antibiotics for my immune system is playing up and different infections and inflammation prevents me from stop using it as it becomes worst then. To the point that I have been diagnosed at one point with the resistant MRSA bacteria or super bug. All the use of antibiotics has killed off my good bacteria and I struggle permanently with vaginal thrush and gut problems. Mine is ongoing. I have had my op done in South Africa and lives in Australia now … just don’t know if any one can give advice on if there is a class action in South Africa going or what the chance is that there is an international action?


  3. Have had hysterectomy when I was 40. I am now 65. In the last few years I had prolapse operation which only lasted a couple of years. Was recommended mesh as this would be stronger, a front wall op. Was worse afterwards in bad pain could hardly walk. Was then told my Back wall was needing done. Which Doc said it was not there when he did front wall. I find this hard to believe. I was even worse after this op, was in really in bad pain and had 2 haematome. I now have bowel incontinence. And still am very uncomfortable walking. Have been told there is nothing they can do. I am on Amotriptoline for scar tissue and nerve damage.


  4. I had my prolapse operation January this year using mesh,4 mths later i start with stress incontinence and the prolapse came down once again then a mth later my bladder became a major problem. Then last week I started to suffer knife like sharpness inside my vaginally and couldn’t sit down,it was agony! I went to the Dr’s and was treated for a water infection,today has been horrendous as I feeL so sore down below &smarting too! I used a mirror to have a look and was shocked to see a piece of flesh hanging down between my vagina and my rectum! It’s as if they’d cut my perenium and now I’m so scared what’s happening to me!


  5. Thank you for highlighting this issue, I wasn’t aware of the risks of this operation. It makes me so angry that women are treated this way. So many stories of people being left in pain to “give it time to settle” or some other rubbish. Why are life changing symptoms just dismissed? Why aren’t these women’s voices heard?


  6. A friend of mine gave me the article today that was published in Real People Magazine regarding “Curse of a cure”. I have suffered with my bladder for many years, stress incontinence and urgency. I have been under the care of the hospital trying many things first, like change of lifestyle, less caffine, pelvic floor exercises etc. which made no difference. I had TVT surgery May 2016 which I thought at first was a success in terms of coughing with no leakage etc. but then when I was well enough to resume relations with my partner, I cut him and intercourse was painful for us both. At first I thought my coil had been moved during surgery, so went and had a coil check with the nurse. That appeared to be ok, so she sent me to the doctor, who could feel something “rough”, and sent me for a pelvic scan. Again the coil was in place. I then googled post op complications of TVT surgery and realised that I had every symptom that I was reading from other women… groin pain, painful sex, injured partner etc. I contacted the surgeon secretary and explained and she got me to see the surgeon the next day. On examination the surgeons words were “OH”. She then informed me that id need further surgery, which I had at the end of July, to cut away the middle section of mesh as it was exposed through my flesh. She did this and as there was now no support under my bladder she stitched around my bladder pipe to see how that would work. But its not worked, I examined myself towards the end of August and to my horror discovered that the mesh was exposed again, worse than the first time. So I am seeing my surgeon in 2 days time to see whats next. I presume she is going to remove the mesh and do the surgery via bikini line cut and use skin graft from my stomach to go under my bladder, which was an option originally, but I decided against that as I was told TVT was less invasive and quicker recovery. My relationship is now over, (for other reasons) but the thought of my sex life being taken from me at the young age of 49 is awful, and the pain I get, when standing, walking, sitting etc is unbareable. I have been off work ages and now worrying about my financial situation as well as my mental health, depression and everything else that’s gone wrong – I really would not recommend TVT mesh surgery to anyone.


  7. After going to my Urogynecologist having an exam and Urodynamic testing I was told at the next appt. that I had stress incontinence and would need to have a TVT procedure with mesh and was told it is a 30 min. operation with minor complications. When I started to ask more questions than the dr. wanted to hear, she was noticeably irritated and said that she had some patients who came back and needed an adjustment with the tape and further surgery. After reading much about this tvt procedure I called the office to cancel the surgery and opt for physiotherapy and very happy that I did since we all know our own bodies and don’t wish to make things worse.

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  8. Hi kath,
    I saw your interview on sky news, I am a 45 year old male that had an umbilical hernia repair with the use of mesh in 2010, from October last year I started to get unbelievable pain on right side, I was rushed to hospital with suspected appendicitis, I was scanned and proved not the case, since then I have endured two colonoscopy sand various tests, all proven ok.
    I have been in touch with surgeon in the US who removes said mesh for pain. Dr Kevin Peterson.
    I can not get any dr in the UK to believe me or understand the daily pain I am in.
    If you know of any more information I can obtain it would be much appreciated.
    Also if I can support your campaign in any way please let me know.



  9. I have had my mesh removed by Natalia Price and although still recovering (12 weeks) am much better and rarely take pain killers. I would also like to become involved with any campaign to ban the tvt mesh.


  10. Hi I am shaking reading these comments. I had my op in 2011, I was made to feel it was the gold standard treatment. I was passing out with the pain when I came round, they sent me home after a couple of days and yet I was still loosing so much blood. I have been in for 3 surgeries since after it eroded through my bladder, for my last surgery I was cut from the top of my tummy to my pelvic bone and they still couldn’t remove it all, they said it would do me more harm than good if they tried to get it all out including the anchors. I cannot believe surgeons are putting this mesh into women knowing what the outcome for the majority of us is.


  11. Hi, I had posterior vaginal repair (rectocele) with mesh in 2009. I get pain when opening my bowels and pain in legs when I walk too far. Since the operation I have become ill with what my Dr says is Fibromyalgia, I also have developed autoimmune hypothyroidism. I have many on going symptoms, could they be a reaction to the mesh?
    It was not explained to me at all pre op, though on getting a copy of my notes it states in the Drs letter to my GP that the possibility of erosion etc was fully explained to me!


  12. I just happened to come across all the bad information re the Mesh, i’ve had problems from the first day of having the operation in 2007, the day I came home I had a problem sitting down I felt like I was being ripped on my left side inside my vagina everytime I sat down, i went back the following day to have it checked for the consultant to say that he had stiched my skin and it was pulling so he very kindly took a pair of scissors and cut something, you can imagine the pain! all he said then nothing to worry about all will be fine. I have never from that day ever had one single follow up appointment. After the operation my Labido disapeared and has never returned its like someone suddenly switched the switch off and said “thats it no sex for the rest of your life” and im still really painful inside, I miss the relationship i had with my husband so much, he has been so patient all these years, the times i have been to my doctor trying to explain things and being told all looks ok and its prob the coil that the consultant put in at the same time as the operation, I have since had the coil removed, 2 years ago, and hey ho im still exactly the same. I went online today and typed in TVT and was shocked to find all the horrible stories relating to the mesh, and there was me thinking I was alone suffering from this. I was not warned of any of the side effects before hand, if I had I would not have had the operation, my life has been ruined, and my relationship with my husband.


  13. I had a TVT operation done by Dr Peaty about 13 years ago it changed my life for the better. I could enjoy all the things I loved doing afterwards with absolutely no leakage. I had absolutely no pain then or since. Not all these operations are failures.


    1. I had a tvt-o sling operation in July 2015. I was not fully informed by the gyno. I was rushed into making the decision. I went to see him for a completely different reason that was causing me so much pain I couldn’t think straight. Since day 1 I have had problems. There are NO urogyno’s or gyno’s in Australia who are able to do a full removal. Many Australia women are suffering because of having a mesh surgery. Australian women are left with no choice but to use all their life savings to travel to America for a $40,000us operation. Most of us have no life savings so we are completely helpless. The TGA says not enough evidence, The supplier says it’s the person (gyno, urogyno) perfoming the operation not enough experience. RAnzog says gyno, urogyno suppose to inform patient and careful patient selection. They are all pointing fingers and avoiding the real problem, that women are suffering, lives are destroyed for what….


  14. I went in for a TVT procedure this month. When I came round from the op I was in severe pain on my right side, fluid started leaking from the stitches in the front where they had stitched the tape, I then had blood in my bladder so was rushed back into theatre to have the tape removed as it had damaged my bladder. I have lots of stitches internally and bruising. My surgeon wants to try the op again in 4 weeks but after reading the article in Daily Mail, 7th July, I will certainly not be going in again! Why are they still proformimg this op when things can go so badly wrong? Feel very angry that I have suffered all the pain with no gain and then found out I my have had lucky escape!


      1. My bladder is fine but I have recently found out after going to the hospital for something else that they actually put the tape through my bladder. I am really upset as on the day the surgeon told me it was caused by a spike of the tape puncturing it. I was also told that there’s no way it could of been missed if it was checked properly after fitting. I know there is a risk with this operation but feel they have been negligent and lied to cover their backs. Not sure whether to complain to hospital or just sue which is not something I would normally even consider. Hope you recover well but ask to see copies of your notes as it sounds like they put it through your bladder too?


  15. I had the TVT operation last August and it didn’t go yo plan. To start with the surgeon nipped a blood vessel during the operation and the only way to stop the bleed was to put a lot of pressure on the pelvic area for 20 minutes. This caused severe internal bruising and 3 days in hospital rather than 1. Once home, I was signed off work for a month but I continuously felt like I had a water infection. In October I had a Cystoscopy where it was discovered that I had mesh inside of my bladder. In February this year, after 6 months of pain and discomfort, I had another operation to remove this mesh. I was told by the surgeon that carried out this operation that I had 7cm of mesh inside my bladder and that it had been there since my first operation. The mesh had not eroded in, it had been wrongly inserted into my bladder. Looking back, with all of the problems that I have had and not forgetting the 2 operations and 2 cystoscopies, I probably would not gave gone ahead. I am a lot better now but just hope that I have no further complications.

    Jane (Bristol)


    1. Hi Jane, my name is Pat and I’m from Bristol. I am going through the similar problems you have after the op and would like to discus this more. If you would like to talk please contact me for my number. Would be much appreciated. Many thanks Pat


  16. I have had tvt op it’s run ed my life I have no control over my bladder and wear big pads wet myself all day and suffer with pain..its awful


  17. I know that the comments are about TVT but mesh is used for internal prolapse of rectum. Also used in hernia repair. I had this done for a small internal prolapse of the rectum which resulted in life threatening results and multiple surgeries since. The mesh eroded through rectum and destroyed it, and caused ischemia to the sigmoid colon, I then waited three days before going to theatre as it was thought no problem with the mesh, only to find that the mesh had damaged the left side of the bowel and I had to have a permanent stoma and a trip to ITU. This was explained to me a minor surgery with little to no complications. So far the mesh continues to cause pain and is still eroding through the vaginal wall and twice has been removed surgically. I have been told that at present the bladder has not been effected and no guarantees that in the future more of the mesh will erode through and need more surgery. If you cannot remove the mesh and little can be done and when it does go wrong catastrophically then it should have been more robustly tested and as a company is making vast amounts of money this should not be allowed. I think there have been enough article’s etc. to make some one within the health department to sit up and take notice and ban this mesh from use. Its has wrecked my life and continues to do so and medicine has little sympathy and you are made to feel you are making a mountain out of a mole hill.


  18. I had a vaginal repair with mesh in 2007 and my body started to reject it straightaway but the surgeon refused to take it out until 7 months later by which time my body had grown over it so therefore only a small amount of the mesh was removed and I still have mesh inside my body. The surgeon said there was nothing more he could do for me so I was sent to a pain consultant who told me to go home and live on morphine for the rest of my life and I have been in chronic pain ever since and I take strong painkillers daily. I was told by the surgeon that this was a fantastic new operation and that a expert from Belgium was coming over to assist him but I found out later that the expert from Belgium was not an expert consultant but he was a representative from the mesh company. These operations have to stop.


    1. Hi doreen sorry to hear of your experience im fom australia and have similar problems can i ask what mesh you had mine is tfs the one that has been deregisterd in australia apparently its still being used in other countries


  19. I underwent the operation to have the mesh sling fitted in feb 2013,i have had various problems since then but not realizing it was possibly due to this device untill i read Kaths article in our local paper.
    I have problems with my legs and hands as if in stinging nettles,horrible,
    This operation must be stopped and a new procedure found to help those suffering with incontnence.


    1. Hi I am looking for a surgeon in the UK to remove the mesh. Has anyone had this done? Was it successful ? Please advise as I am desperate .


    2. Sandra, just read you had mesh removal. I have seen sohier elneil in london a few tomes. The last visit was for laparoscopic procedure to see what was going on. I had mesh inserted for POP 3 years ago. It has not worked only made things worse. Just wondered if you had Ms Elneil for your removal. I sincerely hope you are keeping well

      kind regards, Sandra


  20. Just how many women had been refused a referral when things went wrong after this surgery, and how many patients records were destroyed. Was any patient told that if things went wrong that these medical devices could not be removed. They are not fit for the purpose and should be removed from the market.

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