8 months after the use of surgical mesh was temporarily banned in UK, those affected are still waiting for answers and solutions to their pain.
Surgical Mesh Market Withdrawl
On 7 March 2019, the UK surgical mesh manufacturer, Bard, announced that they would stop production of urogynaecological mesh.
Bard have said that patients who have been implanted with these devices do not need to have them removed or checked. They are stopping production rather than continuing to invest in clinical data to support additional EU requirements.
Mesh and the Risk of Autoimmune Disease
A study from the journal of Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology discovered that patients are more likely to develop symptoms of a systemic illness after a mesh operation.
“Polypropylene mesh implants may increase the risk of developing (auto)immune diseases by acting as an adjuvant.”
The study was carried out with 32 women and 8 men. A total of 40 patients developed symptoms of a systemic illness following a mesh operation.
These illnesses can include: Chronic fatigue, Myalgia, IBS, and Auto immunity syndrome.
What are Mesh Implants Used For?
Mesh is a general term used to describe a variety of types of manufactured biological and synthetic implantable devices. It is used to support tissues in a number of surgical procedures. Most notably, mesh is used for surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
There are three main surgical procedures that can be performed to treat pelvic floor disorders:
Transvaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse
Transabdominal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse
Mesh sling for stress urinary incontinence
What are the Complications of Mesh Implants?
For some women, mesh is an effective solution for treating pelvic floor disorders. However, some women also experience serious complications after enduring the procedure.
Complications that can occur include:
Mesh degradation – more surgery may be required to remove and replace the mesh
Damage to surrounding organs, e.g. bladder or bowel
Blood clot formation
Further prolapse symptoms – requiring further surgery
For further clarification on this hot topic, go to the UK, House of Commons Briefing Paper titled: Surgical mesh implants.
Original article: Kegel8 Website