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Region’s sufferers share surgery experiences

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By Fiona Reid

WOMEN from the region who have suffered surgical complications have shared their experiences for a new report.

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland have published “My Life, My Experience’, which captures the lived experiences of complications following transvaginal mesh surgery.

They spoke to 46 women across Scotland, including in Dumfries and Galloway. And those women revealed how the operation and its life-changing complications have impacted their physical and mental health, relationships, finances and confidence in healthcare systems. They also shared their views on how to improve care following mesh procedures.

Alliance director Irene Oldfather said: “The ALLIANCE welcomes the opportunity to have been able to tell the stories of women with mesh complications – many were harrowing to hear and we are grateful to all who contributed. We trust that there is a desire for ongoing involvement with those with lived experience. We recommend the setting up of a stakeholder participation group to monitor future pathways for women with complications and stress incontinence.”

The report has been submitted to the Scottish Government and can be viewed online at


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