UK Government agrees to investigate vaginal mesh complications

31 January 2018 (Last Updated January 31st, 2018 11:17)

The UK Government has agreed to launch a large-scale audit into the recovery of women who have received vaginal mesh implantation.

The UK Government has agreed to launch a large-scale audit into the recovery of women who have received vaginal mesh implantation.

Vaginal mesh treatment is given for pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence, which usually occurs after childbirth.

The acceptance follows the case made by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Surgical Mesh Implants and campaigners seeking a full retrospective review into vaginal mesh surgery and associated risks, reported The Guardian.

Over the last decade, more than 100,000 women are reported to have undergone such surgery, and the audit is expected to aid in understanding the scale of complications caused by these devices.

According to an official report, vaginal mesh surgery complication rates are at 3-5%, but recent studies indicated that the rate could be between 10-15%.

“The government has listened to our concerns and has now agreed to undertake this audit to get a better understanding of complications related to mesh surgery.”

Scheduled to be completed in April, the audit will link data related to patient condition, type of surgery to subsequent treatment sought, and consultations in the NHS.

APPG on Surgical Mesh Implants chair Owen Smith was quoted by Huffington Post as saying: “Over the last two years I’ve been urging ministers to conduct an investigation to fully determine problems related to mesh surgery.

“The government has listened to our concerns and has now agreed to undertake this audit to get a better understanding of complications related to mesh surgery.

“I hope the audit will provide crucial answers about the proportion of women adversely affected by mesh surgery.”