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Spalding publican: 'Mesh operation? Don't do it'

Spalding pub couple Pete and Steph Williams are considering hitting the campaign trail once more to warn people about the health risks from surgical mesh.

The Punchbowl publicans became ardent supporters of campaign group Sling the Mesh after Steph had a surgical mesh implant that left her in agony for more than a year.

They say newly published guidelines from NICE (National Institute for Health Care Excellence) open the door for more mesh injuries.

Pete and Steph Williams, who have become ardent supporters of Sling the Mesh. (SG281017-159TW)
Pete and Steph Williams, who have become ardent supporters of Sling the Mesh. (SG281017-159TW)

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Surgical Mesh Implants says the NICE guidelines on treatment for urinary stress incontinence and pelvic prolapse in women “do not go far enough in acknowledging the terrible problems many women have faced following mesh surgery”.

Steph is relatively lucky as she had her mesh implant removed last summer.

But Pete says: “A lot of the pain is still there because of the nerve damage that was done.

“At the age of 62 it is just debilitating - it just controls your life, what you can and you can’t do, all of the time.”

Pete has a simple piece of advice for anyone considering a mesh implant.

“I would tell them not to do it,” said Pete. “Just absolutely not to do it.”

He says there are 7,000 members of the Sling the Mesh Facebook group and says anyone considering an op should look at the injury stories there.

Sling the Mesh founder Kath Sansom says the NICE guidelines “clear the way for the next generation of women to be harmed”.

She said: “Our Sling the Mesh survey shows one in 20 women have attempted suicide and more than half have regular suicidal thoughts because of chronic pain, loss of sex life, constant infections and auto immune disease.”

The Williams have previously visited London with fellow Sling the Mesh campaigners in a bid to have mesh operations stopped.

Our previous stories have included:

‘This operation left me in agony’ says Spalding woman Steph

Spalding pub couple join mesh fight at House of Lords

Mesh removal 'op' for Steph after her year of agony


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