In this article printed in the Daily Mail on 4th September 2012, Teresa Hughes says having surgery to implant a TVT tape was one of the worst decisions she ever made. The news story tells how Teresa Hughes, a 61-year-old mother of two, suffered terrible complications after undergoing TVT surgery to treat stress urinary incontinence, and is now facing a further four operations to repair the damage to her bladder and urinary tract.
The article says TVT can cause a range of health problems, and the number of women experiencing complications has now been shown to be higher than previously thought. Figures from the Department of Health show that NHS hospitals in England recorded 2,659 removals of TVT and TOT mesh tapes between 2006 and 2011.
Dr Vincent Argent, gynaecologist and former member of NICE’s treatment guidelines review group, thinks that not enough is being done about the situation. He argues that there should be a compulsory national register of all mesh insertion and removal operations and results, including patient satisfaction, cure rates and complications.
Criticisms have been directed at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the government body that regulates the approval of medical devices in the UK. In response, the MHRA has commissioned an investigation by experts from York University’s healthcare consortium, looking at reports of complications with the synthetic tape, and it claims they will publish their findings soon.