Vaginal Mesh Surgery Suspended in Scotland as Investigation into Risks Continues

Vaginal Mesh Surgery Suspended in Scotland as Investigation into Risks Continues

Surgery that implants vaginal mesh devices into women to treat their pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) has been temporarily suspended in Scotland, as health regulators in this country conduct an in-depth investigation into the alleged serious risks associated with these devices. The announcement of this suspension for vaginal mesh surgery came after the Scottish Parliament recently heard some compelling, heartbreaking testimony from women who had reportedly developed irreversible and devastating complications due to the use of vaginal mesh.

While Scottish regulators investigate the reported risks associated with the use of vaginal mesh, U.S. regulators at the FDA have already announced that mesh injuries are not rare.

While Scottish regulators investigate the reported risks associated with the use of vaginal mesh, U.S. regulators at the FDA have already announced that mesh injuries are not rare.

Specifically, these women testified before the Scottish Parliament that they had suffered vaginal mesh injuries that included (but weren’t necessarily limited to):

  • Vaginal scarring
  • Erosion of the mesh device through the vaginal lining
  • Pain during intercourse – In fact, some of these women had been told by doctors that they can never have sex again.
  • Perforation of the organs and/or blood vessels surrounding the vaginal mesh implant.

As Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil explained, the complications that these women and others have suffered due to the use of vaginal mesh is “deeply troubling,” and “no one should have to experience the level of suffering that some of these women have had.”

The suspension on vaginal mesh surgery in Scotland will reportedly continue until the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) concludes its investigation into the alleged dangers linked to these devices. Ultimately, the MHRA’s findings could be pivotal to either lifting the suspension or permanently banning the implantation of vaginal mesh in the UK.

Risks of Vaginal Mesh Already Publicized in U.S. by 2011 FDA Warning 

While Scottish regulators continue their investigations into the reported risks and complications associated with the use of vaginal mesh devices, their counterparts in the U.S. – namely, regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – have already issued national warnings regarding the dangers associated with these devices.

In fact, in July 2011, the FDA released a vaginal mesh warning that specifically stated that the incidence of mesh injuries is “not rare” and that about 1 in every 10 women with these implants will need to undergo at least one surgery to repair the damage caused by these devices.

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