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Manufacturers of TVT Mesh Sponsor UK Continence Society Conference

The manufacturers of transvaginal mesh kits for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse regularly sponsor major events attended by gynaecologists, urogynaecologists and urologists. One such event will be taking place from 18th – 20th April 2012: the UK Continence Society (UKCS) 19th Annual Scientific Meeting 2012 in Liverpool. This event is financially supported by a number of exhibitors and … Continue reading

Making a Complaint

The following leaflets or websites give information on what to do if you are not happy with your TVT surgery, treatment or follow up. Information from the Patient’s Association on how to make a complaint NHS Direct: How to Complain Information on the Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS) Care Quality Commission Leaflet on how to … Continue reading

BBC Woman’s Hour: Stress Urinary Incontinence and Transvaginal Tape (TVT)

In this Woman’s Hour feature broadcast on 19th January 2012, Jenni Murray discusses the operation to implant a transvaginal plastic mesh (or retropubic tape) to treat stress urinary incontinence   This subject was first discussed on Woman’s Hour in late 2011, and the programme acknowledges that there are now a lot of questions about the safety of the device and some people … Continue reading

What do you think about TVT?

I’ve got more posts planned soon but in the meantime please could you take part in my poll. More posts coming up soon…

Reporting your Complications to the MHRA

At the moment there is no national registry for pelvic mesh implants and so nobody really knows the extent of the problem, ie. they don’t really know the numbers of people suffering complications from this surgery.  There have been calls for a national registry but this seems a long way off at present.  The only system … Continue reading

The Problem with TVT Surgery

TVT – What is it? TVT (or Tension-Free Vaginal Tape) is a woven polypropylene mesh designed to support the mid-urethra to prevent stress incontinence.  The mesh strip is a permanent implant which is inserted transvaginally under the urethra to provide extra support during times of increased abdominal pressure such as when coughing or sneezing.   Many UK NHS hospitals use the Gynecare TVT retropubic tape which is manufactured by Ethicon, a subsidiary … Continue reading