Hundred set to sue NHS over vaginal mesh implants

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Over 800 women are to sue to NHS and manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants due to painful and serious complications, according to the BBC.

Some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk or have sex, due to the pain caused by the mesh implants cutting into the vagina.

The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Programme heard from women who called the implants ‘barbaric’, with one stating the mesh ‘had cut its way through like a cheese wire’. Another was left considering suicide due to the pain.

The meshes are made from polypropylene, with a number of manufacturers supplying the NHS. They are used to treat incontinence and organ prolapse following childbirth.

NHS data from the Hospital Episodes Statistics, accessed by the Victoria Derbyshire Programme, shows that between April 2007 and March 2015 more than 92,000 women had vaginal mesh implants in England, with one in 11 suffering complications.

Despite the concerns raised to the BBC, ...