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Surgical masterclass in urogynaecology May 2012: mesh techniques still popular

A brochure advertising a masterclass in urogynaecology reveals that mesh implants remain a popular topic at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG) joint meeting held in May.  The brochure features several sessions discussing the use of synthetic mesh as part of the masterclass which is aimed at consultants and trainees in gynaecology, urogynaecology and female urology.  The aim of the masterclass is: … Continue reading

Vaginal mesh for incontinence and/or prolapse: caution required!

In their paper “Vaginal mesh for incontinence and/or prolapse: caution required!” doctors Phillipe Zimmern and Ginger Isom-Batz discuss ‘the dark side of mesh’.  They argue that procedures involving mesh may seem simple and easy to perform but could nevertheless have long-term consequences for patients. They state that many new products have been allowed onto the market despite limited knowledge regarding their safety and … Continue reading

UK Parliament: Statistics on Mesh Implant Surgery and Mesh Removals

In February 2012, Teresa Hughes of Meshies United Support Group asked her MP to table questions in Parliament regarding the number of surgeries undertaken to implant a TVT or TOT mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence and the number of surgeries undertaken to remove the TVT or TOT mesh. Mr Shaun Woodward, MP for St Helen’s, asked the Secretary … Continue reading

Lord Howe’s Review into PiP Implants: MHRA to make improvements

Health Minister Lord Howe’s review into PiP breast implants published on 14th May 2012 has found that there is room for improvement and serious lessons must be learned, although it considers the MHRA to have acted appropriately and to have followed scientific and clinical advice when it became aware of problems with PiP implants. “There is … Continue reading

CTV News: More women describe transvaginal mesh problems

Since Canada’s CTV News reported on a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of women who reported life-altering complications from transvaginal mesh, more women have come forward with similar complaints. Jane Dowall was one of many women who contacted CTV News and class action lawyers after seeing CTV’s story about complications with transvaginal surgical mesh. However, despite these increased reports, … Continue reading

KGUN-TV Arizona news: Mesh Misery – Thousands are suffering. Where are the watchdogs?

This news investigation (9 May 2012) asks whether the current system in the United States is failing to ensure that mesh devices are safe and effective. The article reports that more than 350 thousand women undergo surgery for pelvic floor prolapse in the U.S. every year.  Thousands of those women say the mesh is causing them severe pain and emotional distress and, … Continue reading

CTV News: Multimillion-dollar lawsuit over vaginal mesh

CTV News (17th April 2012) in Canada reports on a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by a group of women who claim their lives have been affected by a surgical mesh inserted in them to help treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.  Some are reporting severe complications from the treatment and say they were never fully warned of the risks. Carol Kouyoumjian, one … Continue reading

America Now report: ‘Routine surgery dangerous for women’

Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic of America Now report on a woman from Curtice in the United States who experienced pain and complications from mesh implant surgery.  Teresa Sawyer developed devastating complications after her TVT surgery to cure stress incontinence.  Although she was told that this would be “routine surgery”, Teresa suffered debilitating problems from this surgery and lives a … Continue reading

Surgical Removal of Mesh

Surgical removal of TVT mesh is possible, but it is not without risks.  There appear to be few surgeons in the UK who are experienced in removal techniques: many surgeons can insert TVT but there seems to be a lack of skilled surgeons with the expertise to perform tape removal.  Surgical removal is a much more complex intra-operative procedure compared with TVT … Continue reading

Liverpool Echo: Mum Left in Agony by Mesh Launches Campaign to Save Others

A news article, which appeared in the Liverpool Echo on 5th April 2012, explains how a Liverpool woman was left in agony after surgery for stress urinary incontinence involving the implantation of a synthetic mesh medical device.  Following severe complications, Teresa Hughes from St Helen’s, Merseyside, has now launched a campaign to save others from the … Continue reading