A Dundee gran is being forced to go through controversial surgery for a fourth time in less than a year.
Frances Flood, from Douglas, has had three failed mesh implants in the last year, each of which has failed.
She is now facing her fourth operation to remove an implant and put in a new one, and the 59-year-old says she is “terrified” that the surgery could cause more damage.
The implants, which are used to treat bladder prolapses and stress incontinence, are the subject of scores of lawsuits in Scotland after women were left in agonising pain.
Mum-of-four Frances said: “When I was told I needed to have it again I just burst into tears, and said, ‘Why is this happening?’
“I am just beyond myself what in God’s name am I going to do?
“I’m sitting here dreading the phonecall from the surgeon again.”
Last year it was revealed that more than a dozen women in Scotland were seeking legal advice over problems with implants, while the issue has been raised in the Scottish Parliament by MSP Jackie Baillie, the shadow cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing.
Frances’s first operation was at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital in August 2013.
Frances, of Balunie Street, said: “I’ve had three implants put in since August last year and because I had been feeling really unwell the doctor did an examination and told me that it had eroded.
“These mesh procedure involve going into multiple surgeries and again and again they are going wrong.
“How many times am I going to have to go through this?”
She was told in January that there had been a problem with her first implant and was scheduled for another operation in February at Perth Royal Infirmary.
The same problem happened again and grandmother-of-10 Frances was told to have another operation in April.
Then, this week, she found out that the implant had failed for the third time. She said: “They examined it and told me that it had caused bleeding.
“It was awful, they said it had come away again.
“I’m going through hell because of these ops not working I’m having these problems and something has to be done about them.
“I’m asking for answers but not getting them, just being told that I have to try again.
“I’m up at 5am because it is so uncomfortable. It is doing damage to me and causing problems.”
Injury lawyers said earlier this year that hundreds of women in Scotland were coming forward after having had issues with the implants. In 2012 the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency launched an investigation into the mesh implants and held a workshop to try and make the devices safer “in light of an increasing number of adverse events and patient concerns being reported.”
It found that erosion could be caused in one in 15 women, but that the use of the implants should still be the recommended procedure for pelvic organ prolapses.
A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said: “We are unable to comment on individual cases. However, we would encourage this patient to come forward and speak to her consultant if she has any concerns.”
“However, we would encourage this patient to come forward and speak to her consultant if she has any concerns.”
Mesh implants are designed to reinforce the pelvic floor and support them in between organs.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) carried out a review of the devices in 2012 after a growing number of concerns.
The MHRA said: “In light of an increasing number of adverse events and patient concerns, we launched an investigation to better understand the use of meshes and the complications associated with their use.
“We continue to actively investigate and gather evidence on the safety of these mesh and tape devices to better inform patients, doctors and surgeons about the risks, benefits and uses of these devices.”
The review found that erosion could occur in one in 15 women, while 2% of cases can lead to organ damage.