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Risks of TVT and Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

If you are considering TVT or other mesh surgery, it is advisable to find out as much as you can about TVT, the operation, the risks and any possible complications. TVT: a permanent implant You should be aware that the TVT ‘tape’ is a permanent implant which is very difficult to remove once inside the body. Do not expect it … Continue reading

British Association of Urological Surgeons publish Leaflet describing Risks of TVT

In March 2011, the MHRA held a workshop to consider how to make insertion of TVT, TOT or other types of synthetic mesh “a safer procedure”.  As a result of this workshop, the British Association of Urological Surgeons  published a patient information leaflet, which it claimed would supplement any advice patients may already have been given by … Continue reading

Videos of Mesh Removal on You Tube

Click on the following links to You Tube to see operations to cut or remove mesh slings because of mesh complications such as pain, erosion or voiding issues: Laparoscopic Removal of Retropubic TVT Mesh by surgeon Natalia Price at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK Complete Laparoscopic Resection of TVT, Assistance-Publique Hopitaux de Paris, France Laparoscopic … Continue reading

MHRA commission independent review of vaginal tapes and mesh

In light of an increasing number of adverse events and patient concerns being reported in recent years, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has launched an investigation to better understand the use of the mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and the complications associated with their use. In February 2012, the MHRA commissioned an independent … Continue reading

What can I do about the use of mesh?

If you have suffered complications from mesh surgery, or if you are concerned about the use of mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, there are a number of ways you can speak out and help to prevent harm happening to other women. (1) Join a support group to get help and advice from other women.  Follow Sling the Mesh … Continue reading

British Association of Urological Surgeons to discuss Complications of Sling Surgery

The British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) is planning a session on the complications of sling surgery as part of its Annual Scientific Meeting in Glasgow on 25 – 28 June 2012.  Dr Susanne Ludgate of the MHRA will be discussing tapes for stress urinary incontinence.  Professor Chris Chapple from the Association’s Section of Female, Neurological & Urodynamic Urology thinks it will … Continue reading

NICE Guidance on Urinary Incontinence Out of Date

Out-of-date guidelines are still being used by various government and health organisations.  The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) produced a series of guidelines on urinary incontinence for patients and clinicians in 2006, which are available on the NICE website: Click on link to read NICE Clinical Guideline 40: However, in light of recent studies which show … Continue reading

Costs of Failed TVT Surgery

As we all know, the NHS is now bearing the cost of operating on patients whose breast or hip implants have failed years earlier than predicted with varying outcomes on the patient’s health and wellbeing. The NHS must also bear the cost of remedial surgery when there are problems with TVT or other synthetic meshes. When mesh surgery goes wrong, … Continue reading

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