Vaginal Mesh Implants are now temporarily banned in the UK
Earlier this month, the UK government accepted a recommendation to temporarily ban vaginal mesh implants for women in England who are suffering from urinary incontinence. It was concluded by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review that there must be an immediate pause in the use of surgical mesh to treat the condition of stress-urinary incontinence (SUI).
“We strongly believe that mesh must not be used to treat women with stress urinary incontinence until we can manage the risk of complications much more effectively. We have not seen evidence on the benefits of mesh that outweighs the severity of human suffering caused by mesh complications”.Baroness Cumberlege expressed grave concern and was appalled by the scale and the seriousness of the tragic stores that have been heard from affected women and their families.
“Their bravery and dignity in speaking out is deeply moving, and their sadness, anger, pain, and frustration at what has happened to them and others has been compelling. We had to act now.”
“We now hope that Baroness Cumberlege adds rectopexy mesh to the suspension. This is used when patients suffer after a rectal prolapse. This is even more taboo and more embarrassing than urinary incontinence. Women suffer the same, grave life changing complications,”It is hoped that ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will follow suit and halt the procedures in these locations.