More than 800 women are preparing to sue the NHS for ‘barbaric’ vaginal mesh implants that have left many women unable to walk.
The implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and post-natal incontinence, but some have cut into the vagina. Of the 800 + women, some have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, have sexual intercourse or go to work.
In the last ten years, at least 92,000 women have had a vaginal mesh implant in England, with almost 10 per cent experiencing problems.
So far, no implants have been recalled in the UK, despite the regulator receiving more than 1,000 complaints since 2012.
The Victoria Derbyshire programme spoke to a patient, Kate Langley, who had been to hospital 53 times to try and end the pain. Doctors informed her that the mesh was too close to a nerve to be fully removed.
Langley described the product as ‘barbaric’, and said:
“The mesh had cut its way through like a cheese-wire.”
Claire Cooper, another patient, told Victoria Derbyshire she had planned her own suicide when, three years after having the implant, the pain begun.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there are mesh-injured women that have taken their own lives and didn’t know what the problem was,” she said.
“I want the procedure banned, I want the material banned.”
A spokesman for the MHRA, a UK regulatory body, said the organisation was “committed to help address the serious concerns raised by some patients”, adding: “The greater proportion of the clinical community and patients support the use of these devices in the UK.”