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Women and their families take Sling The Mesh to Parliament.
Women and their families take Sling The Mesh to Parliament.

Plymouth Herald Woman speaks anonymously to tell how the surgical implants have ruined her life. Campaigners cal for urgent suspension.

Sky News Personal journey that brought journalist Kath Sansom to set up Sling The Mesh. “We keep telling our stories so people get it. Just like Sir Harry Evans, editor of the Sunday Times, did in the 60s and 70s over the Thalidomide scandal.”

Guardian Jon Ashworth says thousands of women have been exposed to unacceptable risks from vaginal mesh.

BBC Government reject calls for suspension of vaginal mesh implants.

Hansard report of MP Emma Hardy’s debate in Westminster 18/10/17

Cambs Times takes its campaign to Parliament – and it has been backed by the Labour Party who are calling for a Public Inquiry and a suspension.

The Sun When mesh goes wrong it impacts the whole family. Women suffering 24/7 pain, anxiety and depression.

Cambs Times If a car had this many faults it would be recalled. Profesor tells how mesh is the third medical device disaster in the last 10 years after metal hips and PIP breast implants.

Daily Mail Labour MPs to call for a public inquiry into mesh implants.

The Guardian  MP Emma Hardy secures a debate in Parliament on the growing mesh controversy.

Medium magazine.Hooman Noorchashm says evidence based medicine has become a glitzy marketing tool for corporate manufacturers to hide behind – they provide trials and studies – but they are often flawed, with low numbers, short term audit, authors with industry conflicts and comparing eg mesh to mesh as oppose to mesh vs natural tissue repair.
Corporations insist that “evidence-based” practices are “gold standards” .
Once that is in place it becomes a powerful legal shield, impenetrable by the ethics argument — or even by the heart-wrenching personal narratives of morbidity or mortality from individual patients and their loved ones.

BMJ Surgeons don’t report problems with medical devices because they don’t see the point. Which, of course is a patient safety disaster. Without audit how can Governments and regulatory authorities know how a device is performing?

Arentz Law Journal J&J marketed TVT Secur for five years without any trials. The case of Ella Ebaugh reveals the inner workings of J&J’s “family company”.

The Journal Southern Ireland Around 25 women have contacted a law firm as the mesh controversy builds in Eire. Even after “fairly gruesome” mesh removal women have to learn to live a new normal. Forever.

Mesh Medical Device News In both UK and USA new devices can be approved for use straight away in a patient without any trials simply based on the fact it is substantially equivalent to something already being implanted. Worryingly, in America, the watchdog body, the FDA, is trying to find a way to make this process even eaiser

Cambs Times 1 in 10 women have to go to hospital for mesh complications. Figure of suffering will be much higher as this doesn’t include women going back ad forth to GPs or women treated in private hospitals.

CTV A Canadian documentary asking how safe are mesh implants? Sling The Mesh and Owen Smith feature from 12.0. A shortened You Tube piece is here

Sunday Post In America a woman wins a $42m pay out but in Scotland the Government spend just £4,500 on a mesh review that doesn’t even look at mesh safety. It only looks at patient information leaflets, what to do if a women has mesh complications and how to encourage surgeons to report mesh problems.

The Guardian Mesh takes women’s body shaming to a whole new level. Women already embarrassing to be suffering incontinence or prolapse are then yet further embarrassed suffering mesh problems and are humiliated into silence, many for years

Sky News This is worst medical disaster of our life time. A rapid rise that was unjustified in terms of evidence. Waves of people were convinced this was a minimally invasive  procedure. It is not properly tested before being inserted into patients. Average gap of five years before trials are carried out. Problems were noticed 20 years ago.

Guardian Johnson and Johnson’s “irresponsible” action over vaginal mesh – TVT Secur marketed for five years without trials. J&J knew it had  higher failure rate than its other incontinence meshes.

BBC The world watched Scotland hoping it would take a lead on looking into mesh safety – yet all women got was a whitewash report

Health Issues Centre  The submission to the Australian senate inquiry found that

  • 9% of women said that the procedure did not resolve their original issue
  • 41% of women felt that were not fully informed before the procedure
  • 73% of women continued to have issues with incontinence
  • 58% of women had pain during intercourse
  • 26% of women had personal relationships break down

Sunday Post Plea for a global summit on the growing mesh scandal from former health secretary Alex Neill

The Conversation Tom Joyce of Newcastle University explains how medical device regulation fails patient safety. Devices are passed on “substantial equivalence” yet many are not substantially equivalent at all.

Cambs Times 1 in 3  develop fibromyalgia after a mesh implant, patient support group warns.

Dorset Echo Janie Jarman was told she was the only mesh patient suffering – until she found Sling the Mesh with almost 3,000 in our group.

Bournemouth Echo Mum of two opens her heart about her daily battle with barbaric pain that is so bad she has contemplated suicide. The MHRA still say the benefits outeweigh the risks.

Cambs Times Before the advent of mesh kits, there was little commercial interest in gynaecology surgery aside from the sale of sutures or catheters, but now there are operation-specific kits, huge profits are on the table. Almost everything you need to operate – except good clinical judgment and technical skill – is right there, fresh out of the box.”

London Evening Standard Women left in agony from vaginal mesh implants – even after they’re removed

Elle Magazine Louise Donovan looks at what is a vaginal mesh implant and why is it causing so many health problems for women.

Daily Mail One in 10 women contact our Group Action lawyers daily.

Huffington Post 1 in 15 women need their  vaginal mesh device removing owing to chronic pain or sexual problems. However Dr Ismail, a consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician said: “If they are happy and are continent and are able to control urination, they’ve had a successful operation and that is fantastic news – 90% of people are like that.” So let us ask – what about the 10% of women with problems. In addition all he is talking about is effective treatment option – yes mesh often works – but leaves behind a trail of disaster much bigger than the urine leaking or prolapse problem.

Medical Plastics News 1 in 15 women have vaginal devices removed

The Pool Women’s lost sex lives are treated as some sort of joke in a misogynistic approach to a female’s well being.

Daily Mail French gynaecologist says he wold not let his wife have a vaginal mesh implant

The Guardian Opinion , an NHS review last month acknowledged that some women have suffered severe and life-altering complications, and called for patients to be fully informed of the benefits and risks of mesh. But it concludes that the use of the implants is safe. This would be more convincing if it did not also call for more data – apparently oblivious to the evidence in its own records. The unearthed figures tell a more complex story, and so do the patients. Risk is 1 in 15 need mesh removal.

The Sun Lisa was told mesh implants to fix incontinence and prolapse would make her a new woman. They did. She lost her job, her home, her partner and spent 18 months in a wheelchair.

Daily Mail Janette is pushed to the brink of suicide because of the excrutiating pain of a mesh implant. Her children help dress her and catheterise her so she can go to the toilet.

Buzzfeed Vaginal mesh is the biggest women’s health crisis of our generation.

The Guardian Carolyn was a chef in a relationship and life was good. Then she had a vaginal mesh implant and it stripped her of all quality of life. Owen Smith is her MP who now leads a vaginal mesh debate in Parliament.

ABC News Australian court uncovers emails that show a surgeon discussion thread saying if women lose their sex life from vaginal mesh implants they can just do anal or oral instead.

Daily Mail Doctors get benefits for pushing vaginal mesh implants.

The Guardian Figures show 1 in 15 women need a removal of their mesh implant after women suffer crippling pain and complications.

ABC News Australia Degrading emails show surgeons saying if a woman loses her sex life from a mesh implant then she can just do anal or oral instead. Disgraceful misogyny.

Daily Mail Watching my first mesh implant operation was like seeing a slow motion car crash in the pelvis.

Net Doctor Vaginal mesh implants are leaving women psychologically and phsyically scarred.

Daily Mail Damning studies that show vaginal mesh risks are as high as 42% are ignored by NHS

The Independent Why men should be worried about the vaginal mesh implant scandal.

Daily Mail The day before a vaginal mesh implant Julie ran 5K now she struggles to walk far and is in constant pain. The Daily Mail launch their campaign to support Sling The Mesh.

BBC Wales Woman left in wheelchair after vaginal mesh implant

BBC N Ireland GPs are issued with information on what to do if a woman presents with mesh implant pain and complications.

BBC Wales Vaginal mesh implant ruined my life and should be banned says Welsh mum

The BMJ Patients cry whitewash as NHS refuses to halt mesh implants

The Independent Harriet Marsden reports that many women suffer in silence and how loss of sex life for a woman is not taken seriously yet the consequences are great

Medical Plastic News MP Owen Smith said: ” This was an opportunity for the NHS to take a lead and recommend a pause in the use of mesh until we know precisely how many women have been adversely affected by the product. Instead, they appear content to allow mesh to be widely used despite growing, international concerns about its potential ill effects.”

Daily Mail Women furious at NHS England mesh report that ignored patients and didn’t look at the safety of mesh itself.

American site Mesh Medical Device News NHS England mesh report is a whitewash

The Guardian Doctor calls for public inquiry into the mesh.scandal as MP Owen Smith pledges a full debate and launches an All Party Parliamentary Group into mesh implants.

Daily Mail Cat went from healthy and vibrant university lecturer to disabled in a mobility scooter. How can they say the benefits outweigh the risks of this so called simple operation?

Sky reports on the group action launched by women suffering from mesh implants.

Daily Mail Senior doctors cal for public inquiry into mesh implants saying it is as bad as the thalidomide scandal – except with mesh injured women you cannot see their chronic pain.

The Mirror Women left unable to have sex, suffering pain that never goes away and mentally traumatised from being maimed for life from a simple operation that was supposed to quickly fix an embarrassing women’s health issue.

Cambs Times Standing room only. Families weep as they hear women’s stories of suffering in a highly charged meeting at Parliament.

Sling The Mesh goes to Parliament.
Sling The Mesh goes to Parliament.

A doctor calls for a public inquiry,  an all party group into mesh is launched and a full debate is promised in a day that heard about black holes in gathering data on the level of risk of mesh implants.

 

Med Tech Innovation News reports on the mesh implant scandal

Sling The Mesh goes to Westminster
Sling The Mesh goes to Westminster

St Albans Review Mum tells  how mesh implants gave her chronic pain and she went from healthy fit yoga teacher to agony overnight.

 

Mesh Medical Device Newsdesk in America reports on the parliamentary lobby. Former Fox News journalist Jane Akre asks – why does mainstream American media not cover the mesh issue?

The Pool “There are so many question marks hovering over the use of transvaginal mesh tape – and so many women’s voices saying they are suffering.

The Pool reports on the mesh implant scandal.
The Pool reports on the mesh implant scandal.

“It feels odd that there is such a stubborn reluctance to address it.”

Zoe Beaty

Good Morning Ulster MP Owen Smith calls for suspension of women’s mesh. Listen at 2:16.

“It’s a scandal and one that’s under- reported and misunderstood. There are women all over the world who have had this treatment for prolapse and incontinence and a v high proportion, much higher than we appreciated, certainly much higher than the MHRA appreciated, have had really, really awful reactions and whose lives have been ruined.

MP Owen Smith talks on Good Morning Ulster
MP Owen Smith talks on Good Morning Ulster

“In Scotland they suspended using this material, vaginal mesh, until they’ve sorted it out. In NI now we have an audit. In England we’re still waiting after what seems to me to be a ridiculous amount of time, more than 2 yrs for a report to come out.

“There needs to be suspension of the use of this material, these operations. There are other things that can be done – until we get greater clarity of what proportions of how many women have had these awful reactions, and whether its safe to use.”

ITV Anglia News Woman loses job, marriage, home – all because of a simple 20 minute operation.

Daily Mail One in ten people will develop a hernia in their lifetime. Mesh may not be the super fix it is cracked up to be.

Victoria Derbyshire Show. “Risk of a poor outcome are so bad that I wouldn’t want to take that risk.” Peter Jones, retired surgeon.

Hernia mesh is causing patients chronic pain, BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire Show.
Hernia mesh is causing patients chronic pain, BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire Show

 

BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire Show covers hernia mesh and how it can cause crippling pain for patients.

“It is like there is something inside me scratching at me from the insides. It’s so unpleasant and constant.”

 

 

Cambs Times The rise in mesh slings mean that traditional skills to fix incontinence and prolapse are being lost.

Mesh implants are over used which means the skills to perform a traditional surgical fix are being lost.
Mesh implants are over used which means the skills to perform a traditional surgical fix are being lost.

There is a growing tide of concern that the implants have been aggressively marketed in the last 20 years which has left new surgeons not getting enough experience of alternative operations.

In the UK, a study carried out in three centres – Leicester, Newcastle and Galway in Ireland – said many surgeons choose mesh as they don’t have the skills to do anything else.

Cambs Times.

Lisa Woodrow uses a stick to help her walk and on long distances needs a wheelchair following surgery using a mesh
Lisa Woodrow uses a stick to help her walk and on long distances needs a wheelchair following surgery using a mesh implant

Mesh implants are the biggest global health disaster of our time. Women in support groups around the world are putting mounting pressure on politicians to ban the so called gold standard fix for prolapse and incontinence.

Find out which doctors have conflicts of interests here 

Cambs Times. Some mesh problems don’t show up until seven years later according to a survey by Sling The Mesh.

The BBC reports Scottish Parliament, where health secretary Shona Robison asks an expert to independently examine the independent  review into the safety of mesh implants. Alison Britten, a professor of healthcare and medical law, will examine the final report and the process by which the report came to its conclusions. May 18, 2017.

Watch the Parliamentary video here where Scottish Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood says out of date patient information leaflets don’t matter, after all, there are out of date OK magazines in waiting rooms too…

The New Statesman. Women with mesh implants have been suffering for years. And it’s not the only time they have been ignored when it comes to healthcare.

The Guardian opinion. It is clear to see that vaginal mesh implants are a cost cutting exercise in women’s health.

The Guardian NHS bosses and the watchdog that oversees medical devices, tried to limit public exposure of the scandal over vaginal mesh implants, that have harmed hundreds of women.

Daily Mail NHS try to dodge media attention over agonising vaginal mesh implants.

The Mirror Medical device regulator tries to avoid media attention on mesh implants.

Academic journal, The Conversation, says Pelvic floor training in pregnancy could help prevent the need for ‘barbaric’ vaginal mesh surgery

Jersey Evening Post NHS and medical device regulator try to keep the spotlight off the mesh implant scandal.

The Victoria Derbyshire Show breaks the media taboo on vaginal mesh implants.
The Victoria Derbyshire Show breaks the media taboo on vaginal mesh implants.

The Victoria Derbyshire Show – link to the entire show. The programme  broke the media taboo on covering this serious women’s health issue.

The Victoria Derbyshire Show. Kath Sansom takes on Mark Slack of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge who insists mesh is safe and he would implant it in his wife.

With Victoria Derbyshire after her show.
With Victoria Derbyshire after her show.

Victoria Derbyshire Show the 10am to 11am slot.

BBC investigates the mesh implant scandal. Hundreds to sue over mesh implants.

The Victoria Derbyshire Show film clip shown during the programme which exposes the mesh implant scandal that man women have suffered in silence for years.

Sky News reports that there is a growing calls for a controversial medical procedure used to help cure stress incontinence and prolapse in women to be suspended as medical professionals describe it as the biggest health scandal of our time. Campaigners say there’s been a cover-up by the UK regulatory body, the MHRA, which they say has attempted to divert attention away from recording adverse incidents.

The Telegraph look at the problem with mesh implants. “It felt like broken glass  inside me.”

The Times covers the mesh implant scandal

The Times looks at mesh implants and how it has left some women unable to walk or have sex.

The Guardian reports that some women were left in so much pain they considered suicide.

The Independent reports how mesh has left women in severe pain and some permanently disabled.

The Metro report that one in 11 women have problems with mesh implants.

Daily Mail reports how a young mum’s husband has become her carer after a mesh implant.

The Mirror tells how professor Carl Heneghan says mesh implants should be stopped until they have proper evidence to prove they are safe.

The Sun reports on “dodgy skin slicing” mesh implants. Good old Sun. Because actually, they hit the nail right on the head.

Wales Online Pontypridd MP Owen Smith has called for an investigation into the use of the implant. He told the BBC: “I think there is a really good case for saying ‘suspend its usage’ until there is clarity about the scale of the problems we’re facing.”

Express and Star tell of more than 1,000 complaints about mesh implants.

Cambs Times – A women’s operation using mesh implants is up to nine times riskier than warned about in patient safety leaflets in hospitals across England, according to new figures.

American Lawyer Papantonio says big corporations are willing to trade your quality of life in return for big profits.

Medical device giants knew the risks but marketed polypropylene plastic mesh anyway.

Scottish mesh campaigners feel betrayed by an “independent” review, that took almost three years to compile. They say a vital chapter of evidence was removed about risks of this day case surgery. A clinician, who resigned over the whitewash, said the chapter included a table giving the true risk of mesh implants.

The true scale of the mesh implant disaster is not known amid figures that say the trocar hooks used to implant it can injure up to 40% of women

Surgical mesh for women’s incontinence and prolapse and hernia is set to be re-classified as a high risk device across Europe 

Ask for traditional repair as it will not have the high risks of mesh implants, says study out this week.

Physiotherapy can fix up to 80% of women who suffer incontinence or prolapse.

Mesh implants are a bigger scandal than thalidomide says Australian senator Derryn Hinch.. 

Mesh slings are a tragedy created by greed according to Mark Slack of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

No large scale, long term human trials into surgical mesh. many studies are on animals who cannot speak of the pain or loss of sex life.

Mesh mini slings can cause serious complications and research into them is disappointing to say the least.

Women being harmed by mesh slings – made by the same company that made the metal on metal hips – Johnson and Johnson.

Leading Italian surgeon says mesh has high rate of complications.

Disabled woman told her mesh implant pain will fix with counselling.

Women’s support groups are praised by a UK surgeon for highlighting the dangers of mesh implants. He says numbers suffering are under reported.

MP Owen Smith says mesh implants are the worst medical disaster he has seen in his time in politics.

Sling The Mesh in Parliament.

Taboo busting – talking openly about incontinence.

NHS admits it has not always given best care with mesh slings.

Women suffering crippling lifelong pain after a simple day case operation.

Surgical mesh can degrade inside the body.

Women’s operation is a ticking time bomb.

MP Cautiously optimistic about future of mesh implants

Worrying lack of surgeons to remove mesh when it goes wrong.

Leaked documents show women in a mesh trial are not monitored properly 

Cochrane Review into mesh has used reports with risk of bias.

The first week of Sling The Mesh.

Sling The Mesh launch.

MP Steve Barclay on mesh.

Netherlands study say 40% women suffer erosion after TVT operation.

Postcode lottery on patient information leaflets.

MHRA urges women to report mesh complications to Yellow Card system.

First do no harm. Surgeon Christine Landon discusses the risk of mesh surgery for incontinence or prolapse.

The Times. Fruit netting nearly passed as a mesh sling to probe how lax regulation system is.

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