Vaginal mesh surgery: NHS releases new figures

From BBC - April 17, 2018

England's most senior doctor has been told by the government to urgently respond to new data that shows how many women have had vaginal mesh surgery.

Since 2008 27,016 have had the implant - which is used to treat incontinence and prolapse - and 211 women have had it removed, data shows.

Women have complained about implants causing agony by cutting into tissue.

Chief medical officer Prof Dame Sally Davies has been told to respond to the data within a month.

The new NHS Digital figures show that 21 people had operations to remove vaginal mesh implants in 2016-17 - down from 30 the year before that and a peak of 42 in 2011-12.

In 2016-17 2,680 women were given the implants compared with a high of 3,413 in 2011-12.

The data is not connected to the audit the government recently announced it would carry out into how many women in England had suffered complications as a result of the implants.

Health Minister Lord O'Shaughnessy said the statistics had been collected to provide the NHS with a "clearer national picture" of the use of meshes in England.

He said: "Given the importance of this issue, I have asked the chief medical officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, to seek the views of relevant NHS bodies, surgical societies, and patient groups on the implications of the statistics, and report back to me within a month."

'Selective' figures

It is estimated more than 100,000 UK women have had a mesh fitted.


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