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Hundreds sue NHS over 'barbaric' vaginal mesh implants

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by AndyPR, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. AndyPR

    AndyPR Senior Member

    Thought the issues in this article have a number of parallels with our ME situation, they were given a treatment that was meant to be safe, weren't warned of any dangers etc. And interesting that they are attempting legal action, with payouts already made in the States.
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  2. Cheesus

    Cheesus Senior Member

    Utter incompetence.
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  3. AndyPR

    AndyPR Senior Member

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  4. mermaid

    mermaid Senior Member

    Cornwall, UK
    I feel that I have had a lucky escape. I had an operation of this sort in 2002, but I don't think they used the mesh or if they did they a) didn't tell me and b) it hasn't caused any issues. I seem to remember that there were 2 ways of doing my op and the one I had probably meant that I didn't have the mesh. I read about these issues some 5 years ago and was appalled then at how damaged these women were. I just read an article about the use of mesh and it was used it seems to help prevent relapse. I do have relapse of my issues, it's true, but I would rather live with them than ever go down this route again.

    I was lucky in that I never was offered GET, or CBT for that matter, and my symptoms anyway are not as serious as some people's so I am able to do some exercise, and just pace myself at different time depending on how I am.

    There are so many medical procedures with side effects that are not fully understood or explained. For example, I have just been diagnosed with osteoporosis, and decided not to go down the road of using bisphosphonates, based on what I have read about them online and the damage that they can do. I was not offered any information on them though and had to seek it out. My friend, however, who had read nothing, has gone ahead and didn't know why I was so concerned. The possible damage does not always happen immediately though, it can happen years later.

    So often though people are between a rock and a hard place. There is no easy answer, but at the very least the dangers should be spelt out to people honestly and clearly. I have had a lot of eye surgery and I always read the % risk factors but with the eyes, if I lost my sight anyway without the treatment, then it's a no brainer really. The same is not true of all conditions though, including ME/CFS.
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  5. veganmua

    veganmua Senior Member

    London, UK
    Wow. I had a ventral mesh rectopexy for rectal prolapse in 2015. While luckily I haven't had any pain like the article describes, the problem returned after a few months. I was looking to have a revision surgery, but I will look into alternatives more closely.
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