A regional journalist who claims she was left a “physical wreck” as a result of a medical procedure has launched a campaign for such operations to be halted.
Kath Sansom, a reporter for weekly titles the Cambs Times, Wisbech Standard and Ely Standard, has launched her Sling The Mesh drive after she underwent an operation to have what is known as a TVT mesh sling for bladder problems, following childbirth.
Since having the procedure in March, Kath says she has gone from an active mother of two to someone who struggles with daily pain.
The campaign, which also featured on the front page of Archant sister title the Royston Crow, calls for the operation to be suspended, or for a national register to be launched to track future problems.
Around 13,000 of the operations are carried out on the NHS each year. Kath wants to see the risks fully explained to women, and for government to tighten up legislation on passing medical devices.
Said Kath: “I have gone from a super fit 47-year-old who did boxing training twice a week, high board diving, swimming, mountain biking and dancing at gigs, to a physical wreck who can just about walk my dog round the park.
“At times my body feels like it is full of cut glass, I have burning and shooting pains, and going up a few stairs makes my legs ache terribly.
“I want to make women aware of the potential consequence of this operation as I do not want anybody else suffering as I and thousands of others are.”
She added: “I have spoken to women in wheelchairs and on crutches struggling to walk because of this operation. There are online support forums across the globe full of women suffering.
“It has potentially life-changing disabling consequences. Some women live in pain for the rest of their lives.
“When it goes wrong it goes spectacularly wrong – and it is not a risk worth taking.”
Further information on the campaign can be found on Kath’s blog.