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.
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.