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London mum 'unable to walk more than 10 minutes' after vaginal mesh sliced into her organs

A London mum says she has been left in "agony" and only able to walk 10 minutes at a time after a transvaginal mesh implant perforated her organs. Anna Collyer, 53, had a transvaginal mesh fitted in 2015 at St. Helier hospital in Sutton.

The mesh is a net-like implant and aims to give permanent support to the weakened organs and to repair damaged tissue. The mesh implants are designed to be permanent, but last April, Anna started to experience severe pain when the mesh cut into her organs leaving her "unable to live any sort of life anymore," she said.

Even when doctors partially removed the mesh last June - her symptoms persisted. Anna, who lives in Morden, told MyLondon: "I could feel something sharp inside me. The pain relief tablets were not touching it. I was in agony.

"It's got to the stage now where 10 minutes is all I can walk, because the pain is excruciating. I have pain in pelvis, groin, hips, back and shooting pains in legs. The level is horrendous. I have to lie down all the time.

The vaginal mesh procedure was once common place in the UK, with more than 92,000 women receiving one between April 2007 and March 2015 in England alone. But the treatment was “paused” and The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review was ordered by the then health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in 2018 amid mounting safety concerns.

Women told the review team of “excruciating chronic pain feeling like razors inside their body" and felt dismissed when reporting complications including “unacceptable labelling of so many symptoms as ‘normal’ and attributable to ‘women’s problems’”, the report says.

The new review accuses medial professionals of displaying “an institutional and professional resistance” to changing practice. The report concluded that “those harmed are due not only an apology, but better care and support through specialist centres”.

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Source: MyLondon. 22 February 2022


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