A recent BBC report confirms that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have concluded that a UK wide ban on vaginal mesh implants can be lifted with only slight changes to its use.
Vaginal mesh implants were widely used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence, but their use was halted in 2018 amid concerns as to their safety - with thousands of women reporting life changing symptoms occurring following treatment with the mesh.
NICE have concluded that the implants can be reintroduced provided the operations are performed by specialist surgeons and the patient is informed as to the latest evidence on available treatments, and mesh implants are only to be used after non-surgical options have failed.
The guidance provided by NICE is only advisory, and the temporary ban on vaginal mesh surgery remains in place.
Commenting on the report, Stephen Green, Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence at Fosters Solicitors who is currently representing dozens of women affected by the vaginal mesh, said "This is of great concern to the many thousands of women in the UK who have suffered life changing symptoms as a result of being given vaginal mesh implants, and to those who may be affected in the future, if the NHS act on the NICE guidelines and reinstate the use of vaginal mesh implants".
If you have been treated with vaginal mesh implants and have gone on to develop symptoms which you believe may have been caused by the mesh, you may have a claim. Please contact one of the Norwich Solicitors from our specialist personal injury team on 01603 620508, or email us for a free no obligation chat.