Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1765)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1765. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a number of men have now presented to the health service reporting adverse effects of surgical mesh; and his plans to help the those affected by way of mesh removal. [33992/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Surgical mesh devices are synthetic medical devices used to provide additional support to weakened or damaged tissues in a number of different surgical procedures. 

All medical devices carry certain benefits and risks and there are known complications associated with the use of surgical mesh. Surgical mesh devices are regulated medical devices and therefore the overall risk benefit ratio associated with their use is considered to be positive. Patients undergoing surgery involving mesh should be fully informed about their individual different treatment options and the associated risks and benefits.

As with any surgical procedure, patients who experience adverse effects following surgery involving the use of mesh devices should seek advice from their treating clinicians about their specific circumstances and the treatment options most suited to them.