Surgeon says reports claiming mesh is unsafe and unproven are ‘not true’ and people who need abdominal wall hernia repair are now fearful of procedure

Inaccurate media reporting about vaginal mesh implants and the lawsuits associated with them has caused patients to become fearful of mesh procedures that may be essential to improving their health, New Zealand general surgeon Dr Steven Kelly says.

In a piece published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday, Kelly said the media “have over previous years done great harm to the reputation of mesh abdominal wall and groin hernia repair”.

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