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WOMEN affected by transvaginal mesh surgery are being urged to share their experiences at an event in Dumfries on Thursday.

A pop up consultation will take place at the Station Hotel on Thursday for anyone affected.

Transvaginal Mesh Surgery is where mesh is used in reconstruction surgery when there has been a prolapse of a female’s uterus. A number of females who have undergone surgery where mesh is used have suffered from mesh exposure and erosion. This has led to affected women suffering in pain before often requiring surgical excision and in some cases three surgical procedures. The Scottish Government were forced to halt the use of mesh in surgical procedures.

And now the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) are carrying out a series of consultations to gather the life experiences of females who have experienced or are currently experiencing complications of Transvaginal Mesh Surgery. These will be collated and used to inform and Engagement Report which will be submitted to the Scottish Government to apprise future options. They will be at the hotel between 11 am and 7 pm next week and a focus group will also run from 1-2 pm.

Irene Oldfather, director of the ALLIANCE said, “We are aware that there are many stories and experiences of woman throughout Dumfries and Galloway that could contribute to our report on hearing the voices of women with experience of mesh surgery. Please come along to our Pop Up cafe in Dumfries and speak to our experienced staff so that future pathways can be influenced.”

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth is supporting the event and said: “It is unacceptable that women received treatment to cure pain using medical mesh devices, only for it to lead to mesh exposure and erosion and cause just as much or more pain. I would encourage females who have had an experience of this treatment to take part in this important consultation.”

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