Lorraine Evans Highlights Global Problem of Mesh Mess

//Lorraine Evans Highlights Global Problem of Mesh Mess

Lorraine Evans Highlights Global Problem of Mesh Mess

Press Release

For Immediate Release:

Monday, February 13, 2012

End our ‘human guinea pig’ hell

A TIRELESS campaigner (from the UK) is calling on surgeons to stop treating incontinent women as medical guinea pigs.

Currently, medics aim to cure stress urinary incontinence (SUI) by inserting a device known as trans-vaginal tension free tape (TVT), or trans-vaginal tape obturator (TVT-O and TOT), but both have left thousands of women, partially disabled and struggling to rebuild shattered lives.

Lorraine Evans, founder of support group, TVT Mum, insists there ARE alternatives to surgery, and that surgeons are keeping sufferers in the dark when it comes to spelling out potential dangers.

The TVT is made from polypropylene which is a petroleum coated piece of plastic mesh with serrated edges, designed to embed itself in the vaginal tissues, and support the urethra. It’s a permanent implant, but mesh-related complications, such as erosion, are not uncommon.

Mesh can erode into the bladder, bowel, urethra and vaginal wall, and this can occur on day one, or years later down the line. The TVT implants also shrink and harden, with pieces of mesh breaking away and migrating into surrounding tissues and organs.

Lorraine said: “Too many urologists, gynaecologists and obstetricians offer the TVT/Mesh medical device implants as their first choice treatment for stress incontinence, and even mild incontinence.

“TVT Mum is of the mind that they should be offering non-surgical options in the first instance.

“Consultants make it sound like a Utopian solution for SUI by describing the TVT as a ‘piece of tape’ to hold up the urethra. It’s ‘sold’ as minimally invasive surgery with a day or overnight stay in hospital at worse.

“I can assure you this is far from an accurate description.”

Stress incontinence is an involuntary voiding of urine caused by coughing, sneezing, laughing, running or lifting, which can be sufficient to place enough stress on the bladder to cause leakage, since the sphincter muscle of the bladder has been weakened.

The treatment offered will depend on the scale of a patient’s incontinence and severity of symptoms. On the majority of occasions, surgical intervention is unnecessary.

Medical devices for (SUI) and flat graft surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapse and hernias have caused insurmountable damage to the health and quality of life of so many women and men.

In 2005, Lorraine had mild stress incontinence and was offered TVT implant surgery. As a consequence, she suffered a pulmonary embolus and collapsed lung the following day and has been in and out of hospital ever since.

She said: “Women who have been affected by a TVT implant suffer on a daily basis and when problems arise they return to their surgeons for help. It’s not unusual, for the surgeon to deny such a problem exists and refer patients onto another surgeon.

“Our health situation is critical, but it is so difficult to find a surgeon experienced in mesh-related complications within the NHS and many women have no choice but to seek help in private practice, which costs thousands of pounds for corrective surgery.”

Lorraine added: “If we had known the truth on the make-up, surgical procedure and complications associated with TVT vaginal tapes beforehand, we wouldn’t have gone ahead with this operation.

“In fact, we weren’t even aware that TVT resembled box strapping!”

Lorraine is calling on the medical authorities to ban these devices, and is also asking for a mandatory register, in which surgeons forced to remove defective mesh will be forced to submit an adverse event report to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

She said: “Currently, there is a severe under-reporting with skewed success and failure percentage rates. There is an urgent need for a ‘National TVT/Mesh Register’.

“We discovered that these devices had no long-term human randomized clinical trials (RCT). Our support group members are upset and disgusted that they have been used as human guinea pigs, without a fully-informed consent.

“The MHRA has now launched an investigation into better understanding the use of these devices and the complications associated with their use. “They should go one step further and have them banned until they can be 100 per cent sure that they are safe to use. It might be too late for thousands of people, but we must prevent a similar fate befalling others.

“These devices have left women permanently disfigured, while others are disabled, housebound and living in daily pain. Mesh has also destroyed marriages, and all because untried devices were forced upon us.”

For more information, log on to www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk

Notes to Editors

TVT Messed up Mesh (TVT Mum) website: www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk was launched May 2009

• We can supply pictures of the TVT/Mesh medical devices and the TVT surgically removed plus if required other pictures to support the article. We have received thousands of enquires and hundreds of stories from women and also some from men. Members in our support group from all around the UK want to share their stories with the press and media.

• Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agencey (MHRA) Public Notice

September 2011 www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/clin/documents/websiteresources/con128943.pdf

• Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Public Health Notice

July 2011 www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm262435.htm

• Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Public Health Notice

October 2008


• Read some of the Stories showing on the online petition


For more information, or images, contact Mrs Lorraine Evans (Mon–Fri 9am – 5pm, or 7pm – 9pm)

Telephone: 01179 658992 or 07754 499280

Email: lorraine@tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk

To view more Press and Media News please visit this link: www.tvt-messed-up-mesh.org.uk/press-uk.html >>>


By | 2012-02-13T14:07:54+00:00 February 13th, 2012|Op-Ed|5 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Patricia Bostic April 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    please lorrane help me I am 43 years of age and I to have the TVT sling I need help with lawyers and medical advice. I just recently started having problems of erosion

  2. Patricia June 20, 2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Miss. Lorraine, I’m 54 and have had problems from day one since having the mesh surgery. I have lost everything. My marriage my self confidence. I don’t feel like a real woman any more. My husband left me long time ago after I could not preform intercourse any more. I have pain daily and keep UTI infections all the time have to stay on antibiotic most the time. and I never had this problem still I had the mesh surgery. I’m really scared there’s something bad wrong with me but I can’t get any Doctor,,, here in my State that will treat me. I don’t know what to do ..can you PLEASE help me. I think this site is in UK I’m in USA but if you can help me I would Appreciate it very much. if you could email me back so we can go over all the problems I’m having. I hope & pray you can help me!!! Thanks

    • Jane Akre June 20, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

      This site is based in the US…. where are you located patricia?

  3. Michael J January 9, 2017 at 6:43 am - Reply

    Hey Jane; Michael J Here;…Just Had My 20 x 15 Hernia Mesh Removed; Massive Surgery, with Lot’s of Titanium Screws !!
    Will Update when I am feeling Good, Professor Aali Sheen, at the Alexandra Hospital Manchester UK Did It, Great Guy, very competent, and Daily Flights from and To the States with AA / Delta.
    Good 2017; mjb

    • Jane Akre January 9, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

      Michael— thanks so much for the name… others will appreciate it. Please keep us updated on your returning health! I’m very hopeful for you. Thanks for reaching out!

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