Controversial vaginal mesh implants should be banned, NICE says.
The health watchdog recommends the ‘gold standard’ implants should not be routinely offered for treating organ prolapse but instead just used for research or after patients are made aware of the risks, according to the BBC’s flagshipVictoria Derbyshire show.
One expert said it is highly likely the NHS will take up NICE’s recommendation, which will be published next month, however, it is not obligated to do so.
The verdict from NICE comes after the Government released its three-year investigation into the mesh scandal and rejected calls for a widespread ban on the implants last September.
More than 800 women are suing the NHS and the implants’ manufacturers after complaining of crippling pain.
The NHS has even been accused of sweeping such complications under the carpet in an effort to dodge media attention.
After previously denying their implants were causing women discomfort, mesh manufacturer Johnson & Johnson paid out $57 million to a sufferer from Philadelphia last month after a jury found the company to be negligent and its product defective.
Many women who have been fitted the mesh implants have complained of being in such severe agony they are unable to work, walk or have sex, with some even being on the brink of suicide.