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 harm of transvaginal mesh.
Mrs Hughes has presented a petition to the Government, calling for a national register for vaginal mesh implants (similar to the register for hip implants). She argues that, although drugs have to pass many years of tests, devices like mesh products have very minimal testing. She states that many women are suffering in silence and that there are few doctors who know how to deal with complications.