The rise in mesh slings mean that traditional skills to fix incontinence and prolapse 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.
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.
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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Watch the Parliamentary video here where Scottish Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood says out of date patient information leaflets don’t matter, after all, there are out of date OK magazines in waiting rooms too…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
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.
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 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.
Taboo busting – talking openly about incontinence.
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.
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.