Mesh implants

Life after vaginal mesh surgery

A Newcastle woman is one of a number who have say their life has been ruined after receiving a vaginal mesh implant.

Its use was halted across the UK last year amid safety concerns, but the health watchdog has now suggested the controvesrial procedure should be offered again on the NHS.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said the "limited evidence" meant "the true prevalence of long-term complications following surgery with mesh is unknown".

However, Gillian Hedley, who had one fitted following a bowel prolapse, said the side-effects left her unable to work.

Gill Hedley

Although it was eventually removed, she was left with a permanent stoma and faces more surgery to close the incision wound, still open two years after the initial operation.

The problems caused by her mesh have had a profound and damaging effect on her mental health, she said.

Gill Hedley
Reporter holding up a surgical mesh

Anna Collinson and Jessica Furst

BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme

Some women have been left in permanent pain - unable to walk, work or have sex - after having the implants.

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Surgery patient's wait reaches two years

A woman, whose case was highlighted by BBC Radio Cumbria, says she's still waiting for surgery two years after suffering a prolapse.

The surgery Julie Monteverde needs usually involves a mesh implant associated with painful side-effects, the use of which has been "paused" by the government after serious safety concerns.

She refused to have the mesh surgery in Carlisle and was referred to Newcastle.

Vaginal mesh

To a certain extent I've got used to it, I live with it, but it is so much worse than it was, every day it gets worse."

Julie Monteverde