"Mesh operation for stress incontinence"

About: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow / General surgery Royal Alexandra Hospital / Gynaecology

(as the patient),

Immediately after I came round from the operation, I was in excruciating pain, the nurse gave me pain relief and told me it was just the position I was in in the stirrups, when I was getting a t. v. t. o for stress incontinence.

The pain has never left my right hand side since, when I attended my six week checkup at Paisley RAH, I was told I was unique as no other patient who had this op had ever complained of pain.

I feel I was treated badly as I am still in pain and recently had to have a mesh removal, I had this op in 2012 and now know many women who had the same op before me had complained of pain and some now have disabilities because of the mesh.

It has ruined my life, I was a very fit active woman I attended the gym five times a week, running and doing weight training. I also cycled I no longer can do these things. The removal has helped with the pain on my left side and inside me, I have still got the pain on my right, I now have stress incontinence.

I want Physio. My doc tried to arrange for me to have this at the clinic. They declined to see me because it was a mesh removal and would rather I go back to the Southern General Glasgow where my op was carried out. In the meantime, I am suffering badly with incontinence and the extra expense I am out for incontinence pads. My doc said they will try and get me an earlier appointment. To date, I still have heard nothing.

I also have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and believe this was also brought on by the operation as I started suffering from many of the symptoms straight after the op.

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Responses

Response from Lorna Gray, Patient Experience, Public Involvement Project Manager, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Dear Anreeta,

I am really sorry to read this and from what you have said I can tell that this has been been a long and difficult road for you. I know that other women across Scotland have shared similar experiences of this procedure and I'm sure you will be aware that an independent review was set up to look specifically at these issues. What we can do now, however, is look into what is happening with your further care, particularly in terms of access to physiotherapy.

To help me to do this, I would appreciate if you could contact me directly on lorna.gray@ggc.scot.nhs.uk with some of your personal details so that I can ask my colleagues to look into this for you. That would hopefully bring us a step closer to a more positive way forward for you.

Best Wishes,

Lorna

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Update posted by Anreeta (the patient)

Thank you Lorna.

I have an appointment with the doctor who did my op, next week. Hopefully she will arrange for physio, if not I will certainly contact you.

Thanks, Anreeta.