MP welcomes suspension of surgical use of mesh

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy has welcomed the immediate suspension of the use of surgical mesh for stress urinary incontinence.

Mesh surgery is a medical procedure used to treat incontinence and prolapse in women, often as a result of childbirth. An increasing number of women have reported suffering from complications after mesh surgery including debilitating pain, infection, inflammation, loss of sex life, and mobility issues. In response to this, The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review was announced in February to re-examine this procedure and its continued use in the UK.

The review has recently released a statement indicating that there will be an immediate pause of in the use of surgical mesh in treating stress urinary incontinence and this recommendation has been accepted by the NHS.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Surgical Mesh Implants, chaired by Owen Smith MP, which has been calling for the suspension of the use of surgical mesh and a full investigation into the use of these procedures, has also called for NICE guidelines on POP and SUI to be urgently brought forward.

Commenting, Jeremy said:

“I welcome the suspension of surgical mesh procedures in treating urinary incontinence as a positive step forward. It is important that medical procedures that cause such debilitating effects to many women are removed from the service provided by our NHS.”