Last week I was pleased to attend the Westminster Hall debate on “Surgical Mesh Implants,” secured by my colleague Emma Hardy MP.
Surgical mesh implants are medical devices used by surgeons to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence in women, conditions that can commonly occur after childbirth. The mesh, usually made from synthetic polypropylene, the same material that is used to make drinks bottles, is intended to repair damaged or weakened tissue, and have been widely used across Europe.
However, some women have reported severe and constant abdominal and vaginal pain following the surgery, and some have been told that they can no longer have sexual intercourse. Other women have experienced infections and bleeding, while many have said their original incontinence symptoms have not been improved by the surgery.
I was disappointed with the Minister’s response to the debate which failed to recognise the risks of mesh implants. I believe there should be an urgent public inquiry into the number of women adversely affected by vaginal mesh implants and into why the safety of so many women have been disregarded.
If any of my constituents have been affected by mesh implants, I would be grateful if they contacted me so that I can raise their concerns directly with the minister. Only by revealing the full scale of this problem will we be able to force the government to look again at this issue.
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You can read the debate here.