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Date: 14 March 2020
The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

IMMDSR - A statement about the planned publication of the Review’s report, dated 13/03/20, Coronavirus continues to spread and pose a serious health threat. We have been monitoring developments closely..
Read more on the link: https://immdsreview.org.uk/news.html

Date: 21 May 2019
The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review
IMMDSReview Oral hearing held on Tuesday 21st May 2019 Session 1 by Hayley Martin at TVT MUM

Evidence documents submitted to the IMMDSR
By: Lorraine Evans Founder and ICS Committee Member Patient Representative, and Hayley Martin MBACP FdA Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

1. 21st November 2018 submitted evidence with supporting documents
2. 21st May 2019 Oral hearing video session 1 by Hayley Martin
3. 27th September 2019 submitted timeline of events Year 2008 to Present Day

Baroness Cumberlege CBE DL quoted within the oral hearing video 'How do we rebuild confidence in the medical profession' also 'The data is flaky - we got to ensure to make it robust'
Sir Cyril Chantler GBE quoted 'How many affected by non-legal claims ' Statute of limitations out of time?'

Official TVT Mum Online Petition
The online petition is live and active and will remain until we are all completely satisfied the necessary action has been taken for everyone, the petition is extended and updated annually with any important news arriving in. The petition is in the public domain with numerous signatories and some have shared their mesh surgery experience, all signatures are genuine. If you haven't signed please show you care and sign the petition today, thank you for your support to the cause.
Petition Link: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/an-urgent-review-is-required-on-the-medical-devices-tvt-tvto-tot-and-the-use-of-mesh-graft-for/

29th July 2013
Mesh Sling in an Era of Uncertainty: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward

Christopher R. Chapple, Shlomo Raz, Linda Brubaker and Philippe E. Zimmern
Published online 4 July 2013
European Association of Urology

For many years, synthetic mesh was avoided whenever possible for surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and/or pelvic organ prolapse (POP) because of the recognized complications of fibrosis and erosion seen with Mersilene [1] and Gore-Tex slings [2].

Petros and Ulmsten [3] in 1990 and Petros and Papadimitriou [4] more recently described a fairly simple procedure with tension-free vaginal tape (TVT), during which the surgeon placed a thin strap of polypropylene mesh in a midurethral position. Since the 1990s, the marketing and use of synthetic materials for SUI and POP indications have dramatically increased. This was particularly noticeable after the publication of a randomized controlled trial comparing TVT with colposuspension [5]. A number of similar procedures were subsequently granted marketing licenses with little clinical data from adequately powered randomized studies. This was followed by a series of modifications including transobturator tape (TOT) [6] and, recently, a wave of single-incision slings, or mini-slings, to prevent passage of trocars through the retropubic space or obturator fossa [7]. Concomitantly, the specialty of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery has witnessed the very rapid growth of larger segments of synthetic material, referred to as mesh, being implanted beneath the vaginal wall to correct POP based on the early data supporting efficacy of TVT and TOT.

More than 40 implants are on the market [8] and [9] and are used with little evidence related to mid- and long-term safety and efficacy. Training to place these new implants has often comprised cadaver courses on weekends, review of video procedures, observing “experts” performing implants, and mentorship in institutions by a visiting surgeon. The use of these materials and the surgical techniques have not been limited to subspecialist practice. In 2008, following an escalation in complications reported to the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a first notification to inform the public [8] that these devices and “kits” had risks, should be used with caution, and might result in nonreversible outcomes [10]. A second FDA notification in 2011 sounded even more alarming [11] and provoked a chain reaction from patients, physicians, manufacturers, and lawyers. Similar initiatives were under way in the United Kingdom, with recognition of the problem by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) [12] and [13]. As the Internet facilitated connection between desperate patients seeking help [14], television advertisements started to inform the public about issues related to “transvaginal meshes.” A number of Web sites inspired by patients’ experiences identified problems with mesh (eg, TVT Messed up Mesh [TVT Mum], https://www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/).

During specialty meetings, many presentations and discussions have focused on mesh or tape complications and their management, specifically, obstruction, pain, dyspareunia, and erosion that may have irreversible consequences despite multiple interventions [10]. In daily practice, patients have begun to inquire more intensely about “mesh” or “tape,” and the regulatory authorities have provided information for patients on this subject. There is a lack of registries to establish the true incidence of the problems with the use of synthetic materials, as has been recognized with the underreporting of these complicated cases to the “optional” MAUDE database [15] and to the other regulatory bodies such as MHRA in the United Kingdom. Although voluntary registries have been established by professional groups, they do not provide accurate information because registration of all cases would be required and, invariably, existing voluntary registries are prone to selective reporting of cases. To read the full article please click on the links below:

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12 April 2013
incontinence, Marcus Drake, surgery
by Marcus Drake

Type 1 mesh is used in vaginal surgery for pelvic organ prolapse repair, along with the mid-urethral tapes for stress incontinence surgery. Tapes for incontinence surgery are well-established and systematic review shows that retropubic tape is probably more effective than colposuspension, risk of bladder perforation notwithstanding [1]. The various types of mid-urethral tape appear to have broadly equivalent efficacy, but the poor quality evidence-base is an issue. The real problem lies with the major complications that can occur, some of which are highlighted in the recent statement from the US Food & Drug Administration in response to concerns expressed by patients and other stakeholders. Mid-urethral tape itself is recognised to be at risk of important complications in the long term, and mesh exposure in the vagina is a major issue with considerable detrimental impact. Patient groups have become organised in recognition of this and they are setting up online dialogues and websites accordingly, for example “tvt-messed-up-mesh.org”. The surgical professions have to agree how best to manage the difficult problems, dealing with the exposed mesh and handling the further procedures needed to re-establish continence [2].

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Midurethral tape surgery for incontinence; a possible victim of the vaginal mesh crisis?

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