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Victoria Derbyshire Special Report On Hernia Mesh

September 26, 2018

The Victoria Derbyshire programme covered this very important issue for it’s first hour today. If this affects you or anyone you know please watch from 9.15 to 10.15.

The Victoria Derbyshire Programme exclusively reveals that 170,000 people in England could be experiencing serious complications following hernia mesh repairs. Some patients tell Victoria the pain is so severe they considered suicide after the procedure.


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  1. paula permalink
    September 26, 2018 10:22 pm

    My partner had an inguinal hernia mesh repair operation in 2016 and has since been left in constant pain. After watching the programme today and listening to the stories of other peoples experiences, it made myself and my partner very angry and upset that this simple operation has been little more than botched for more than 100,000 people and as I sit here typing this 1000’s more will be affected.

    My partner has been back and forth to see Dr’s who then sent out referrals to hospital and each time the same brick wall is hit, different pills offered but to no avail because no amount of pain relief even comes close to touching the pain. When my partner received an appointment to see a consultant regards pain management she was shocked to discover that there had been no follow up after the surgery, so a letter was sent and an appointment came through and we both thought that this would be the light at the end of the tunnel. My partner never got to see the surgeon who performed the op, instead it was his understudy who was confused into why my partner was even there, because my partner had been so many times about his pain etc the consultant thought that surely my partner would’ve by now be satisfied with the outcome, what was the outcome i hear you ask, this consultant calmly and without sugar coating anything told my partner ” we cannot fix you “.

    I had promised to remain quiet during this session as I had, in the past with other consultants, been accused of ” seeking reassurance from the internet ” I had asked questions about this mesh and it seemed obvious that consultants, Dr’s etc don’t want the likes of me, a nobody, basically accusing the NHS of using material in operations that is in reality no good. The consultant admitted that the pain etc was caused by the mesh and then began to tell us that the pain my partner was experiencing was due to his own body going over the top when repairing itself, in a nutshell the mesh is designed to create scar tissue and in my partners case his body was creating more which, consequently, was trapping his nerves causing not only pain around the scar and groin area but also causing numbness in his leg.

    So when I decided that I had heard enough I asked him about the possibility of removing this mesh, this seemed like a reasonable question as I thought that removing the cause would put an end to all my partners pain, well I was shot down straight away with a no, the risks to my partner probably losing a testicle was too high. When, after watching the Victoria Derbyshire episode today it turns out that most of our trusted surgeons do not have the skills to perform this and what appears to me is more it’s too costly to the NHS to even contemplate doing this, so it’s pennies to put this mesh in and then would cost 1000’s to take it out.

    So looking into the cost of going private it would be about £2,500-£3000, possibly more, to put the mesh in, £10,000 and a trip to another country to take it out because there are very few surgeons here that are keen to do this operation.

    So what next, well that appears to be nothing, pain management is next on the agenda, nerve block injections is whats on the menu and even though my partner has been told that there’s not a guarantee that these will work and could make pain worse!

    I hope and pray that more people find the strength to come forward and hopefully eventually someone from head of surgeons will say enough’s enough and this horrible plastic will be scrapped.

  2. September 27, 2018 12:06 pm

    That sounds terrible Paula.

    >been accused of ” seeking reassurance from the internet ”
    Well Quacks would say that wouldn’t they.

    *Always Record Everything*
    The scumbags might start to do something if you started talking about ‘Crime’ and ‘Police’.

    Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 –
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care worker offence –
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care provider offence –

    Common Assault/Battery/ABH/GBH –

    Misconduct in Public Office –

    Criminal Justice Act 1988 – Torture

    UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

    “So looking into the cost of going private it would be about £2,500-£3000, possibly more, to put the mesh in, £10,000 and a trip to another country to take it out because there are very few surgeons here that are keen to do this operation.”

    Fraud by abuse of position –

    Fraud by failing to disclose information –

    Fraud by false representation –

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