Vaginal mesh review to investigate true scale of complications

Official guidance suggests that the complication rates for vaginal mesh devices are 3-5%, but recent research puts the figure at 10-15%. Photograph: Emily Critchfield/Duke Health A full retrospective audit of women who have undergone vaginal mesh surgery has been launched by the government to establish how many have experienced complications following the procedure. In the past decade, more than 100,000 women have had vaginal mesh surgery to treat urinary incontinence, which is common after childbirth, according to NHS figures. But there is disagreement about the scale of problems linked to the devices, with campaigners saying women have been exposed to...

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