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Louise O’Reilly TD to hold Oireachtas briefing on side effects of transvaginal mesh implantations.

24 January, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly is to hold an Oireachtas briefing on the side-effects of Transvaginal Mesh implantations for women today at 2pm in Leinster House.

In anticipation of the briefing, Teachta O’Reilly said:

“These implants have been widely used as a simple, less invasive alternative to other more traditional surgical approaches for treating urinary incontinence and prolapse, conditions that can commonly occur after childbirth.

"However, while many women suffered no side effects, a number have reported chronic and debilitating pain, with some being left unable to walk.

"Recently the use of Transvaginal Mesh devices and their long term side-effects for some women has come to prominence across many countries, not least England, Scotland, USA, Australia, and New Zealand.

"Now, thanks to the work and activism of many women here the true extent of the issue in this state is becoming apparent.

"Speaking at the briefing will be:

· Melanie Power, Principal Power Solicitors, Medical Negligence Solicitors Dooradoyle Limerick

· Dr. Wael Agur, Subspecialist and Lead Urogynaecologist | NHS Ayrshire & Arran and Former Member of Scottish Review Group on Mesh, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing) University of Glasgow

· Professor David Taylor, Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin

· Margaret Byrne, Member of Mesh Survivors Ireland on life after mesh

"The briefing will also be attended by MLAs and representatives from the North as this is a significant issue in that part of our country.

"I hope the briefing can raise awareness amongst politicians of this issue and allow the women who have suffered from defective implants and the experts in this area outline the appropriate responses they see as necessary from the Government and the HSE.

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