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Help and support to both men and woman who have had the medical device TVT Retropubic, TVT-Secur, TVTO and TOT, synthetic polypropylene mesh for hernias, prolapse, stress incontinence and bladder and bowel disorders. You're not alone!

Clinicians

Updated: 3 December 2015
Mesh working group

For many women suffering the distressing effects of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), surgical procedures using mesh devices have provided an effective form of treatment which can be far less invasive than alternative surgical procedures. However, the safety and efficacy of surgery for SUI and POP using mesh devices is being questioned by a community of patients and clinicians.

NHS England set up the Mesh Working Group to address these concerns. The Working Group has now produced its Interim Report.

The Report will explain the context in which this work has been undertaken, present the debate surrounding ongoing use of mesh and set out recommendations for the activity necessary to optimise care for women undergoing treatment for SUI and POP.

To view the full Report in PDF please click on the direct link below:
https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/mesh/
To view all meeting appointments and messages please click on the link below:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/NHS-England-Patient-Public-Voice-Members.html >>>

Mesh Sling in an Era of Uncertainty: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward
Christopher R. Chapple, Shlomo Raz, Linda Brubaker and Philippe E. Zimmern
Published online 4 July 2013
European Association of Urology
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Midurethral tape surgery for incontinence; a possible victim of the vaginal mesh crisis?
BJU International
Midurethral tape surgery for incontinence; a possible victim of the vaginal mesh crisis?
12 Apr 2013
incontinence, Marcus Drake, surgery
by Marcus Drake
Please press here for more information.>>>

Articles, Urology and Urogynaecology Conferences and Research
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British Medical Journal
From our Medical Expert Advisor: The problems with vaginal meshes is just as serious as the hip and cardiac devices but it has not received the same publicity. The MHRA has been severely criticised for doing very little and the commercial activities of the companies involved have been a disgrace. Please press here for more information >>>

Alternative Treatments for Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Prolapse
Sometimes when we visit our consultants they do not tell you about alternative treatments for stress incontinence. Most of us were told TVT Tape is the best treatment without first telling us there are other methods to relieve and cure stress incontinence. I was told on good authority from a medical expert most of the time surgical intervention is completely unnecessary. Please find following some PDF's recommended from peer articles to treat stress incontinence. You decide what is best!
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The British Journal of Radiology, 77 (2004), 261–265 E 2004 The British Institute of Radiology DOI: 10.1259/bjr/63333975
Pictorial review
Prosthetic mesh used for inguinal and ventral hernia repair:
normal appearance and complications in ultrasound and CT
How the Radiologist's can read an Ulrasound and CT Scan to pick up any abnormalities arising from the TVT Sling and Mesh radiologtic-appearance-of-mesh-on-ultrasound-CT-scan.pdf >>>

Dispatches TV Programme on Channel 4 'The truth about going under the knife'
Dispatches - in a joint investigation with the BMJ - explores what's implanted into our bodies. Almost 40 million of us come into contact with a medical device every day. That includes everything from a basic sticking plaster to hi-tech coils implanted into the arteries leading to the heart. The medical device industry is worth over £200 billion a year. Dispatches investigates whether in the drive for innovation, patient safety can come second.
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UKCS United Kingdom Continence Society
18th Annual Scientific Meeting
Bristol, UK
6th - 8th April 2011
The following comments are aimed at the people who attended this conference. The number points outlined below are showing within the UKCS website.
1. UKCS - Getting Results from Multi-Disciplinary Teams
It is good to see incontinence, effects on sufferers, and different ways of treating it other than using slings which are all positive.
We fully support Multi-Disciplinary Teams to give us reliable and trusted people to ensure the right treatment is given to patients however, How can we have confidence and our trust grow in you when we see the very people in attendance who are doing these surgeries on us are still promoting the use of mesh tapes.
Please click here to read more >>>

Synthetic Vaginal Tapes for Stress Incontinence: Proposals for Improved Regulation of New Devices in Europe
In the field of stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a number of new devices including synthetic vaginal tapes have become widely used in the last decade. This paper results from a workshop held at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in March 2011 and arose through concerns from the MHRA with respect to the number of adverse events reported following insertion of synthetic tapes for female SUI. The MHRA, the UK government organisation responsible for the regulation of medical devices, contacted urologists and gynaecologists active in this field and also invited some of the relevant manufacturers to attend a day-long meeting. Please press here for more information >>>

Vaginal Mesh Surgery Complication Risk High, Despite Effectiveness: Study
Posted: 16 May 2011
The use of vaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse is effective, but does carry a high risk of serious complications, such as bladder perforation and pelvic hemorrhage, according to the findings of a new study.
In a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, European researchers found that vaginal mesh surgery brought better results for treating pelvic organ prolapse than stitching the connective tissue in the vaginal wall back together, but carried risks of surgical complications and other problems after surgery, including pain during sex and new urinary incontinence.
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What are the most common vaginal mesh implants and who manufactures them?
One of our members sent this to us for your information:
There are a number of vaginal mesh devices that have been in use in the last decade. And while there have been a number of manufacturers of these products, there are are approximately seven medical device companies that manufacture the vast majority of these products. Below is a list of the largest manufacturers and the vaginal mesh products they manufacture.
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Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) News from 2008
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Latest news from the MHRA Year April 2012 to Present
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Archive work done with the MHRA from Year 2010 to March 2012
Please click to view the archives >>>

Public Health Alert issued from the MHRA
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Guide to the Hippocratic Oath by By Dr Daniel Sokol Medical Ethicist
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Useful Information for Patients and Clincians
5th November 2011
Breakthrough News
In the UK and in the USA this is a recognized 'Hidden Disability' - Confirmed Medical Condition UK: 'Chronic TVT/Mesh Implant Inflammation' and in the USA: 'PFS Syndrome'. I asked Mr Drake on the 3rd of November 2011 for his opinion about our 'hidden disability' we can't keep saying we are 'mesh sufferers' as this is not really recognized. I have authorization from Professor Marcus Drake we can use this medical condition term in the UK 'Chronic TVT/Mesh Implant Inflammation'. To read more please visit the link below for more information:
www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/hidden-disability-chronic-tvt-mesh-implant-inflammation.html >>>



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