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  1. News Article
    The rising number of women who have caesarean sections instead of natural births is causing concern for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). The trust, which supports women through pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood, says it does not know why the rate of caesareans is increasing. One in four maternity services showed a caesarean rate of between 20% and 29.9%, and 2% of services had a rate of more than 30%, according to latest figures. The World Health Organization recommends that the acceptable rate is 10 to 15%. The maternity care working party, a multi-disciplinary gro
  2. News Article
    A US Senate investigation into allegations that unwanted medical procedures were performed on detained female immigrants in Georgia has uncovered “a catastrophic failure by the federal government” to protect the detainees. A Senate hearing on Tuesday by the bipartisan permanent subcommittee on investigations (PSI), chaired by the Georgia senator Jon Ossoff, announced its findings on conditions and practices at the Irwin county detention center (ICDC). The ICDC, located in Ocilla, Georgia, housed detainees who shared accounts of poor treatment including gynaecological procedures that
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    November issue New research calls for all health and care staff to be trained in AI Reducing noise in operating theatre improves children’s behaviour after surgery, study finds Brain tumour patient operated on awake while playing saxophone No difference between spinal versus general anaesthesia in patients having hip fracture surgery finds study October issue Why are intra-operative surgical Never Events still occurring in NHS operating theatres? Radical rethink needed to improve safety in health and social care. World Anaesthesia Day 2022: H
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    The study found that duration of surgery and epidural drug used were both significant risk factors of breakthrough pain during CS in this audit. A pro-active policy is required in order to prevent breakthrough pain or discomfort during CS. Early identification of problematic epidural catheters for labour analgesia, adequate level of anaesthetic block before surgery, and administration of a prophylactic epidural top-up if duration of surgery is prolonged as opposed to the choice of local anaesthetic used, could be essential in the prevention. Further high-quality studies are needed to evaluate
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    PP mesh has been widely used in surgery for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and transvaginal or transabdominal prolapse since the 1990s,[1] and hernia repair since the 1950s.[2] In spite of this long history, there is a surprising lack of research into the link between surgical mesh and autoimmune conditions. Among the many complications reported by women who have had vaginal mesh surgery, autoimmune symptoms feature high on the list. One member of the Sling the Mesh Facebook group was recently looking for answers about her own autoimmune symptoms when she came across a Medical device m
  6. Content Article
    Key findings Local host responses to polypropylene (PP) used in surgical mesh included pain, foreign body sensation, seroma and haematoma. When PP mesh was used in other surgeries (female stress urinary incontinence mesh or mini-sling, transvaginal or transabdominal prolapse mesh), the primary local responses were erosion/exposure followed by dyspareunia and pain. Studies reported these complications from immediately post surgery to five years post surgery. Evidence suggested that lightweight PP mesh was less likely than heavier weight PP mesh to cause pain or foreign body sensati
  7. News Article
    An endometriosis sufferer has said her reproductive organs are so damaged by a three-year delay for surgery, it has affected her ability to have children. Claire Nicholls, 29, has been in pain for years with the condition - which involves tissue similar to the lining of the womb growing elsewhere. Ms Nicholls said she was passed from "pillar to post" and for 10 years, medical professionals did not seem to believe how much pain she was actually in. She has stage four endometriosis, which is the most severe and widespread. "The pain can be excruciating, at times I can't get o
  8. Content Article
    Last week the The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Menopause published its final long-awaited report following a year-long inquiry into the menopause. The findings demonstrate that widespread action is needed to improve the situation for those going through the menopause. The report makes for a sobering read; women are facing obstacles to good menopause care and are often left feeling frustrated and unheard, with severe symptoms that impact on their careers, home life and relationships. This is particularly so for those women who undergo a hysterectomy or oophorectomy (a surgi
  9. Content Article
    NHS England set up a handful of specialist mesh centres in April 2021 to offer treatment and support to women harmed by vaginal mesh surgery. But they aren’t achieving what they need to, and this failure is leaving thousands of women harmed by mesh without help to deal with their life-changing complications, and without hope that their pain will ever be taken seriously. Here are ten problems with specialist mesh centres, identified through my regular contact with thousands of women suffering from mesh complications. 1. There are long waiting lists of sometimes more than a year just f
  10. News Article
    Over 50 new surgical hubs will open across the country to help bust the Covid-19 backlogs and offer hundreds of thousands more patients quicker access to vital procedures, Steve Barclay, has announced. These hubs will provide at least 100 more operating theatres and over 1,000 beds so people get the surgery they need. And they will deliver almost two million extra routine operations to reduce waiting lists over the next three years, backed by £1.5billion in government funding. They will focus mainly on providing high-volume, low-complexity surgery, as previously recommended by t
  11. News Article
    Kath Sansom, a former journalist from Lynn is raising awareness about the potential risks associated with vaginal and rectal mesh surgery. Mesh implant surgery is used to treat prolapse and incontinence in women usually following childbirth, and some men have also had the procedure. But pain and complications after the implants have left hundreds of people in the UK in pain and so a campaign in 2015 was launched which has led to the Government announcing a suspension in the use of vaginal mesh. Kath initiated the Sling The Mesh campaign in 2015 following her own experience of mesh su
  12. Content Article
    Surgical mesh is a medical device implanted to support organs in various procedures. Thousands of women in the UK had mesh surgically implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, until its use was suspended due to safety concerns in 2018.[1] Surgical mesh has been linked to a wide range of serious health issues including chronic pain, incontinence, painful sex, recurrent infections, loss of mobility and autoimmune diseases. Prior to the suspension, women injured by mesh had been raising concerns about the safety of the procedure for years and campaigning for change
  13. News Article
    At 34 years old, Dawn Jaxson had two young daughters. Since going through childbirth she had been experiencing a prolapsed bladder and urinary incontinence. Her doctors recommended she have a vaginal mesh fitted to treat the problem, and she didn’t question their advice. But more than 15 years later, she wishes she had. “As soon as I’d actually had it fitted, I felt discomfort,” says Jaxson, now 50. “Then the pain just didn’t go.” After years of almost constant pelvic pain and “countless” medical appointments, Jaxson says: “This little tiny piece of tape is still ruining my life.” “I
  14. News Article
    A leading colorectal surgeon whose former employer, North Bristol NHS Trust, faces negligence claims from dozens of his ex-patients has failed in his bid to keep legal action he is taking against the trust a secret. A review by the trust found that 203 women on whom the surgeon Tony Dixon performed pelvic mesh procedures between 2007 and 2017 came to harm. The trust faces legal claims from many of them. Trust board members were told in May that the trust had notified the 203 women that “although their laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy operation was carried out satisfactorily, they
  15. Content Article
    Asked to share the worst things doctors have said to them, members of the 9,600-strong Sling The Mesh support group responded by sharing a huge number of outrageous comments; comments that are belittling, misogynistic and demonstrate the scale of mass institutional denial. These accounts are not limited to one doctor, specialty or area, they concern surgeons, consultants and GPs from across the UK. There will be many doctors shocked and horrified by the comments shared by mesh-injured women, but there are clearly those whose attitudes and behaviours are completely unacceptable. Comme
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