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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 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: jeremy4swsurrey@gmail.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:

Updated on 25/11/17

 

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3 thoughts on “What can I do about the use of mesh?

  1. Your page includes clear options for lodging a concern, thank you.

    It may be worth noting that when making a complaint or just raising a concern, or taking it a step further in a formal complaint procedure, some parts of the complaint may have to go to different authorities. Icas or Seap would be able to advise. However, having to report to various places prolongs my own agonising recovery from an operation promoted as a “minimally invasive, day case procedure” !!

    My hint is: get your medical records as soon as you can when you realize that something is wrong. You can talk to someone and see your records in hospital – you have the right to ask questions about your treatment and someone is required to sit with you and explain the details to you. Keep a diary of your hospital stay or get a friend or relative to do that for you and then if you need to impart your concerns or also your praise.

    Posted by I H | April 15, 2012, 7:22 am
  2. Thanks for your comments. I hope you get a good response from your complaint.

    If you are worried about the continued use of mesh in pelvic surgery, you can write to one of the authorities mentioned above to bring this issue to their attention. Recent figures revealing the number of people having surgery to remedy their mesh problems confirm that this is an increasing problem which is quite likely underreported in the studies.

    Posted by tvtinfo | April 15, 2012, 9:54 am
  3. This page is especially good as it sets out all the steps sufferers can follow. It is easy to print and keep as a target sheet. Thank you.

    Posted by I H | April 16, 2012, 10:15 am

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