Horrors Of Mesh Continue Around The Globe

Vaginal Mesh Lawyer Network shares this article to inform that women all around the world are experiencing the horrors of the vaginal mesh.

A South Yunderup woman  takes up to 37 tablets every day for mesh-related agony.

The Vaginal mesh implant destroyed my life: Perth mum speaks out
A South Yunderup woman is living in constant pain, taking up to 37 tablets every day, after a common procedure to fix occasional bladder mishaps transformed her life into agony.

The woman, who didn’t want to be named, got a vaginal mesh sling inserted during a combined – and eventful – hysterectomy and bladder control surgery in August 2014.
Since then, the woman can barely walk to her front door.
She struggles with excruciating pain in her thighs, groin and backside, and has had to give up her social life almost completely.
“My entire life has been changed socially, mentally, sexually, and spiritually in every way,” she said.

“They’ve destroyed my life.”

The woman, who said she was never informed of potential adverse effects of the surgery, has spent the past three years looking for answers, only to be passed around from specialist to specialist without getting a diagnosis.
She has undergone hip injections, CAT scans, physiotherapy and spinal surgery without results.

The woman said mesh victims often got treated like the problem was all in their heads, losing the support of their doctors, family and friends, which leads many women to suffer from depression.

She said she struggles with mental health issues and has even had suicidal thoughts.

“I think every now and again, ‘what’s the point of living’ because I’m not living the life I intended to,” she said.

“Suicide is on a lot of women’s minds because what’s the point in going on like this?
“I’ve just about given up to be honest.”

Three months ago, she read about other women’s mesh-related health problems and the Senate Inquiry into transvaginal mesh implants and related mattersfor the first time.

Devastating: The resident says suffering from mesh-related health issues can be very isolating. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.
“That’s when it all became quite obvious that there was many thousands of women,” she said.

“I realized I was not the only victim, and that all the victims have all very similar stories.”
She joined a Perth-based support group for mesh victims and prepared her own submission for the inquiry, which will be reported on November 30.
Now, the woman hopes to raise awareness about the issues associated with vaginal mesh implants to prevent other women from suffering.

She would like patients to be fully informed of the risks before any procedures, whether it be the installation of pacemakers or surgical meshes, and she would like the vaginal mesh to be banned until it’s properly revised.

“I just want people to know that the mesh isn’t the start and the finish of anything good; it’s usually the start and the finish of everything bad,” she said.
“I want a mesh warning out there for people.”

It is unclear how many sufferers there are in Australia. But a class action involving more than 700 women was lodged against pharmaceutical giant and mesh producer Johnson and Johnson earlier this year.

The vaginal mesh is used to treat to conditions including incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
According to the Australian Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration, adverse effects associated with the meshes include allergic reactions, swelling, scarring, mesh migrations, atypical vaginal discharge, bleeding, incontinence, neuromuscular problems, infections, and pain during intercourse, among others.

There are currently no surgeons in Australia capable of removing pelvic mesh completely, forcing many women to travel overseas for treatment.

WA Health Minister Roger Cook this month announced the establishment of a free-call line for women affected by mesh implants.

The confidential contact line is currently being developed and will be managed by the King Edward Memorial Hospital.
Women concerned about the safety of pelvic mesh should call the contact line on 1800 962 202.

Are you suffering from a vaginal mesh implant? We still have lawyers accepting vaginal mesh lawsuits if you have had a revision surgery or total mesh removal. Don’t be left behind, Contact us today.

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Vaginal Mesh implants to fix pelvic organ prolapse

Higher risks

No Extra Benefits,

Pelvic floor exercises and pessaries for prolapse should be used as a first line treatment before women agree to go under the knife, the  new report advises.

The findings have been welcomed by campaigners who say it is vital the medical community properly inform women of the life changing risks of all mesh implants.

The future of mesh slings for incontinence in Scotland and England will be outlined in reports due to be published in the new year.

Elaine Holmes of Scottish Mesh Survivors, said: “There are no benefits of mesh so why take the risk?

Journalist Kath Sansom launched Sling The Mesh in June 2015 and now has nearly 1,000 members on her Facebook campaign and support group
“Alternative treatment options are available.”

Kath Sansom of Sling The Mesh said: “The study showed 12 per cent of women suffered complications after a prolapse fix using mesh but these women were only followed up for two years.

“Problems can cut in later so the true figure is likely to be higher. Women must demand traditional surgical fixes and surgeons must stop telling them that prolapse mesh is safe when in fact it carries unacceptable risk.”

The PROSPECT study, carried out by researchers at Aberdeen University, followed women in 35 hospitals across the UK having procedures with 65 surgeons.

It said women should try pelvic floor exercises and pessaries as a first line of treatment for prolapse.

“Women should be reassured that if they do need surgery, they ought to go ahead with standard operations,” the report said.

“The use of transvaginal mesh and biological graft material in prolapse surgery is controversial and has led to a number of enquiries into their safety and efficacy.

“Repair with mesh or graft material did not improve women’s outcomes in terms of effectiveness, quality of life, adverse effects, or any other outcome in the short term, but more than one in ten women had a mesh complication.

“Follow-up is vital to identify any longer-term potential benefits and serious adverse effects of mesh or graft reinforcement in vaginal prolapse surgery.

Prof. Cathryn Glazener health services research unit at the University of Aberdeen, said: “Prolapse is a condition that affects up to half of women after childbirth.

“Women who have surgery for prolapse have a three in 10 chance of needing at least one more operation, so the success rate is not great.

“Gynaecologists hoped that by reinforcing their repairs the success rate would get better.

“We found, in contrast to previous research, women were just as likely to be cured after standard surgery rather than reinforced repairs.

“They were just as likely to have other symptoms such as bladder or sexual problems, and other adverse effects such as infection, bleeding or pain.”

Around one in 10 women implanted with mesh suffered exposure – where a portion of mesh becomes visible through the vaginal wall, she added.

“About half of those women needed a small operation to remove or bury the exposed mesh,” she said.

“Synthetic mesh did result in some complications which posed extra risk.

“Researchers and clinicians need to work together to identify better operations, or reduce the prolapse symptoms using other means.”

Two other papers published this week draw attention to care for women with pelvic floor dysfunction.

Researchers from the Information Services Division (ISD) said long term results from mesh prolapse surgery are no better than from standard repair, echoing the PROSPECT findings.

The PrevProl study showed that pelvic floor exercises should be tried as a first line of treatment.

• The reports were released in the same week that a Freedom of Information request by the BBC showed that 404 women have been given mesh implants in Scotland despite a suspension being put in place by the Scottish health secretary in June 2014.

Health boards still using mesh implants said they discussed all the potential risks with patients before surgery.

• Over the past 20 years, more than 20,000 women in Scotland have had mesh or tape implants.

• In England around 13,000 women a year are given mesh implants.

• The MHRA say the risk is around one to three per cent but figures calculated by campaigners say the risk is more like 8.56 per cent.

• The risk figure is calculated by women reporting their mesh complications to the MHRA Yellow Card system or surgeons reporting to the British Society of Urogynacology database. It is not mandatory for surgeons to report to either.

• Pelvic mesh implants are a global concern. Scottish MP Neil Findlay has called them the worst medical disaster of our time, Welsh MP Owen Smith said it is the worst health scandal he has seen in his time as a politician and Australian senator Derryn Hinch said it is a bigger scandal than Thalidomide.

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