A woman who has suffered appalling complications following mesh surgery has made an emotional plea in a letter to the Health Secretary which was published in the Sunday Mail on 7th April 2013.
In this third article on pelvic mesh by journalist Marion Scott, we hear the story of Lynn Thyne who suffered unwanted complications as a result of mesh surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence. Lynn describes the agony she endured after she was implanted with the mesh device. She implores the Scottish Health Secretary, Alex Neil, to instigate a public enquiry into the mesh implant scandal.
In 2008, Lynn had a hysterectomy and bladder lift operation at Southern General Hospital to repair a pelvic floor prolapse which resulted from a difficult birth some years earlier. She was not told about the use of mesh to support the bladder until after the surgery. Lynn says that she did not recall her surgeon discussing the mesh or explaining any of the possible complications. She says that if she had known she was receiving an implant, she would have researched the procedure and considered the health implications.
Within three years, Lynn experienced pain and discomfort and after multiple tests, she discovered that a piece of the mesh had eroded into her bladder. Although she asked for the entire mesh to be removed, she was told it was virtually impossible to remove it all without causing further damage. In 2012, Lynn had a procedure to cut a hole in her bladder and remove the part of the mesh which was in the bladder. The remaining mesh is still in her body and she remains concerned as to what damage it may cause in the future. (Synthetic mesh can erode into nearby organs and tissue.)
Lynn’s letter describes her feelings of anger that she was not properly consulted on this procedure which has left her with permanent health problems. She explains how she is alarmed at how difficult the mesh is to remove from the body, sometimes requiring multiple operations.
After reading the recent reports in the Sunday Mail, Lynn was concerned that her experience is not as rare as previously told. Lynn also believes many women are reporting what they believe are auto-immune responses to the implant. Lynn thinks that doctors should be required by law to report on all the possible effects and complications of mesh surgery. She believes the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) should hold medical manufacturers and doctors responsible for their actions. Currently, there is no compulsory register for all implants and no compulsory reporting of complications, so it is impossible to know the extent of the problems with these devices.
Lynn reported her case to the MHRA and asked them to investigate, only to be told the manufacturer would carry out the investigation, a situation which Lynn describes as ludicrous. Any investigations should be independent of the manufacturer, she argues.
Lynn thinks that women have a right to know why this has happened to women and demands a public inquiry. She says that doctors and manufacturers need to be accountable and an immediate implant register is required. The system for reporting unwanted effects from this medical implant is not working. She believes medical devices should be subjected to the same scrutiny as drugs before being marketed.
If you have suffered from this type of surgery and would like to contact Marion, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her on tel: 0141 309 3239
To read the full Sunday Mail article, please click on link: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/mesh-operation-victim-lynn-thyne-1825066
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