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 Campaign and join the Sling the Mesh Facebook group. You can also visit the Scottish Mesh Survivors and join their campaign and support group on Facebook. Follow tvtinfo on Twitter and SlingtheMesh.
(2) Complain about your treatment if you feel you did not receive adequate information on the risks of mesh surgery, or you are unhappy about the complications which resulted from your surgery or the follow up you received at your hospital.
(3) If you are worried about the use of mesh implants used in pelvic surgery, you could write to the Director of Women’s Services at your hospital explaining your general concerns regarding polypropylene mesh. You will find their name on the hospital’s website.
(4) Report your complications to MHRA using their Yellow Card reporting scheme so that adverse events are recorded.
(5) Send a letter or an email, explaining why you are concerned about the use and regulation of transvaginal mesh in pelvic surgery, to your local MP or visit one of their surgeries to discuss it in person. Please ask them to support the Sling the Mesh Campaign and support the suspension of mesh surgery.
(6) Write a letter or send an email highlighting your concerns to: Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, Department of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2NS Email: mailto: email@example.com
(7) Express your concerns on the regulation and monitoring of mesh implants – write to Mr John Wilkinson, Medical Director of Devices, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA),151 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SZ
(8) Raise your concerns with professional organisations:
- The British Association of Urological Surgeons Ltd (BAUS), 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE
- British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG), 27 Sussex Place, London, NW1 4RG
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RG
Updated on 25/11/17