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Surgical Mesh Implants

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL2734, tabled on 31 October 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients have had surgical mesh implants since the introduction of the procedure; and how many (1) women, and (2) men, have suffered complications following that treatment.

Answered on

14 November 2017

NHS Digital has provided data regarding the count of finished admission episodes (FAEs) with a main or secondary procedure relating to surgical mesh implants from 2007/08 2016/17.

Year

Total FAEs

Male

Female

Not specified

2007-08

6,284

2,259

4,025

-

2008-09

6,436

2,261

4,175

-

2009-10

6,993

2,401

4,591

1

2010-11

7,358

2,657

4,693

8

2011-12

7,581

2,807

4,773

1

2012-13

7,598

2,946

4,652

-

2013-14

7,608

3,161

4,445

2

2014-15

7,303

3,200

4,102

1

2015-16

7,203

3,320

3,882

1

2016-17

7,030

3,350

3,680

-

Data regarding the amount of men and women who have suffered complications following a surgical mesh implant treatment is not collected centrally.

However, the following data of self-reported adverse incidence is available as follows.

The number of adverse incident reports received by Medicines and Healthcare products Regulation Agency (MHRA) in cases where surgical mesh has been used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in females are shown in the following table.

Years

Count of Incident Number

2006

26

2007

5

2008

12

2009

12

2010

41

2011

52

2012

99

2013

106

2014

276

2015

392

2016

265

Grand Total

1,286

The number of adverse incident reports received by MHRA in cases where surgical mesh has been used to treat abdominal and hernia repair are shown in the following table.

Year

Number of adverse reports

2013

19

2014

29

2015

16

2016

23

2017 up to September

35

Note:

Reported events including those from members of the public do not always provide details of the gender of the patient. The data above therefore does not distinguish between gender.