April 30, 2013 ~ One year ago, Teresa Hughes made history by turning in a petition on behalf of a number of women suffering mesh complications in the United Kingdom (UK) to 10 Downing Street, the home of the Prime Minister.
Hughes founded The Meshies United Group in the UK. See back story here. She was asking for the government to tally the number of transvaginal mesh operations, specifically implants in the UK, as well as the number of explants or removals.
Hughes is busy circulating another petition.
Unlike the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, medical device approvals in the UK are conducted by notified bodies in a patchwork of regulation that differs among countries.
She also reports the results of her petition from last year asking the government how many trans obturator tape (TOT) or Tension Free Vaginal tape (TVT) mesh implants there have been in the United Kingdom.
The resulting numbers are from England alone and do not include the rest of the United Kingdom, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Background reading: How U.S. Medical Device regulations differ from the European system