Alison has allergies to synthetic clothes, hair dye, nickel, plasters and has sensitive skin - and reacted badly to the polypropylene plastic mesh implant. "I wish I had been asked basic questions before having this operation."
Lisa was a high flying career woman, travelling the country. Now she has lost her business, her home and her partner. She is registered disabled and lives on benefits in rented accommodation.
“We are ticking time bombs for massive health issues. The mesh can be fine for years and then, as if from nowhere, cause huge problems. The plastic material can shrink. Imagine that inside the most delicate area of your body."
"I felt like cracking up at times. GPs and nurses need to know how bad this operation can be. If mesh implants need removing it is like trying to get chewing gum out of matted hair."
“I was so fit, always in different exercise groups, weightlifting, step classes, yoga... Now it’s painful to walk more than a few hundred yards."
"I always try to appear happy and positive to others, but inside I spend my time in fear at the thought of my children not having a mum any more."
“I was told this was the best thing since sliced bread, give me a new lease of life. It did that alright... It has had a huge emotional impact on me."