The Report details how many women who underwent vaginal mesh implant procedures have suffered avoidable harm and notes that an apology is due to those who have suffered and could have been spared life-changing complications from mesh surgery. The full report titled First Do No Harm can be found here.
The Report details how women were not fully informed of the risks and possible complications associated with mesh before their procedures and how some women who have faced life-changing consequences only had relatively minor stress urinary incontinence at the time. The Review team also found that some women were not even aware that they were being fitted with mesh.
The Report has made recommendations in respect of the use of mesh in the treatment of urinary incontinence or repair of pelvic organ prolapse and while it does not recommend a complete ban on the use of pelvic mesh, it recommends that such surgery should only take place within specialist centres and should only be considered after all the options for conservative and non-mesh surgery have been explored.
The findings and recommendations of the review has been welcomed by women who have been campaigning for many years to highlight the issues with pelvic mesh.
16 July 2020