The Voice of Mesh-Injured Women: The Loss of a Life Well Lived

In April, the Mesh Down Under support group published their research into the complications associated with surgical mesh implants on the lives of affected women in New Zealand (see the link below to read the full report).

Two themes emerged from the study

1. Mesh Implants Cause Emotional, Physical and Psychological Loss

The first focused on loss.

The emotional, physical and psychological impact of the complications resulting from the mesh implants, resulting in a significant sense of loss and grief for their previous lives.

“[Mesh] has robbed me of all sorts of things, i.e. my job, my sex life, my social life. If I do go out somewhere, I generally pay for it for the next few days as my body just shuts down.”

2. The Fight to Be Heard in the Mesh Scandal

The second theme focused on fight.

The women’s fight to be heard by health professionals and the health system. The need to fight to be understood and receive help. Many women in the research piece said that they had not given informed consent for the surgical procedures in the first place.

“My inserting surgeon sent me away with instructions to buy a vibrator from a local sex shop and go home and stretch my vagina and have some fun. This shocked me and I was so ashamed that I just put up with the eroded mesh, pain, discomfort and discharge.”

So in Light of This What Needs to Be Done?

The recommendations based on the findings highlight the interventions that are required – from mesh removal to counselling and support.

The researchers state that health practitioners must work with these women in a spirit of trust, dignity and respect. Support is fundamental to achieving the best possible quality of life for the women who have had a major upheaval in every aspect of their lives.

Read the full report here:

The Loss of a Life Well Lived: A qualitative study exploring the impact of surgical mesh implants on the lives of a group of New Zealand women.

Previous articles

If you would like to read the previous articles associated with the Mesh Saga in UK you can do so here (in order of publication):

  1. The Surgical Mesh Saga in UK Continues

  2. NICE Says the Vaginal Mesh Ban Can Be Lifted But, with Changes

  3. The Mesh Scandal - One Year On...


Original article: Kegel8 Website

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