NHS surgeon who performed bowel mesh operations has anonymity bid thrown out after stress complaint

Women who have been left in extreme ache after controversial bowel mesh surgical procedure by an NHS surgeon are livid after he informed a court docket that the media consideration had affected his libido.

Former sufferers of colorectal surgeon Tony Dixon say they have been left ‘disabled’ and bodily and mentally broken after present process ‘pointless’ surgical procedure with him.

Hundreds of them got here to see him at his previous office in Southmead Hospital, Bristol, with bowel issues as he was pioneering a brand new sort of surgical procedure utilizing mesh.

He pioneered using synthetic mesh to carry prolapsed bowels, usually brought on by childbirth – with a few of his surgical procedures relationship way back to the early 2000s.  

Mr Dixon was suspended by North Bristol NHS Trust in 2017 after an 18-month investigation, and was dismissed from his job in 2019. 

He is now suing his former employer Southmead Hospital to cease paperwork being launched to ex sufferers’ solicitors – however his try on the High Court to not be named in that case has failed, the BBC experiences.

Women who were left in severe pain after controversial bowel mesh surgery by NHS surgeon Tony Dixon, pictured, are furious after he told a court that the media attention had affected his libido

Women who have been left in extreme ache after controversial bowel mesh surgical procedure by NHS surgeon Tony Dixon, pictured, are livid after he informed a court docket that the media consideration had affected his libido

His lawyer mentioned being recognized may hurt his psychological well being and that he had suffered suicidal ideas, including that he’s additionally experiencing issues along with his libido due to the media consideration of the case.

A psychiatrist gave a press release to the court docket saying Mr Dixon was affected by average despair which included ‘disturbed sleep’ and ‘a lack of libido’.

In a judgement revealed on 26 July, Judge Mr Justice Nicklin mentioned media consideration was the ‘worth to be paid for open justice and the liberty of the press’.

One of his ex sufferers, Paula Goss, who based a help group for ladies who have been handled by Mr Dixon, Rectopexy Mesh Victims and Support, mentioned his claims have been ‘outrageous’.

Paula mentioned: ‘Why ought to he be allowed to have an nameless trial?

‘We should stay our lives with what he did, we’ve got to see him out on the planet inflicting misery.

‘It’s extra than simply the very fact he is complaining about suicidal ideas and despair which lots of his victims endure from, it is that he mentioned we do not even matter.

Dixon is facing dozens of negligence claims but has now failed to stop reporting restrictions being applied to a legal case. He is suing former employer Southmead Hospital, in Bristol, pictured, to stop documents being released to ex patients’ solicitors - but his attempt at the High Court to not be named in that case has failed

Dixon is going through dozens of negligence claims however has now didn’t cease reporting restrictions being utilized to a authorized case. He is suing former employer Southmead Hospital, in Bristol, pictured, to cease paperwork being launched to ex sufferers’ solicitors – however his try on the High Court to not be named in that case has failed

‘People have waited so lengthy because the evaluate in 2017 for justice they’ve since handed away.

‘So him complaining about suicidal ideas and despair over media protection appears very unfair in comparison with what we’ve got suffered by way of.

‘It’s as a result of he is been within the media that individuals who have been struggling realised that they’ll get help and might get justice.

‘Some of our group do discover seeing his face within the media troublesome, however they perceive that he must be on the market going through justice and being seen within the public.

‘It’s like his Achilles heel, he cannot stand going through the implications of his actions in public – so he ought to should face the media.

‘He ought to take into consideration all of the lots of of sufferers that he harmed that haven’t acquired any libido as nicely, and which have suicidal ideas like he’s making an attempt to profess he has.’

Legal papers from the listening to state: ‘[The Claimant] said that throughout the previous three weeks there was a worsening in his temper and he described his temper as: ‘It’s down. Definitely down, I really feel as if I’m relapsing’.

‘He described the presence of sleep disturbance, lack of urge for food and lack of libido; these are organic signs that may be seen in individuals affected by a depressive dysfunction.

‘He additionally described the presence of depressive signs* He said that he considers the opportunity of there being additional media consideration extraordinarily distressing and that within the occasion of him not being supplied anonymity there would probably be an additional deterioration in his psychological well being.’

One of Mr Dixon's patients, Paula Goss, said she felt let down emotionally and physically

Paula Goss in hospital

One of Mr Dixon’s sufferers, Paula Goss, mentioned she felt let down emotionally and bodily

A evaluate by Southmead Hospital concluded greater than 200 of Mr Dixon’s sufferers ought to have been supplied much less invasive therapy first, and whereas the surgical procedure was passable, it was pointless.

Dixon has beforehand mentioned any surgical procedure may have issues and that his operations have been performed in good religion with most being profitable.

A North Bristol NHS Trust spokesperson mentioned: ‘We welcome the court docket’s ruling that this matter is one to which the standard ideas of open justice ought to nonetheless apply.

‘It would nevertheless be inappropriate to remark any additional on condition that the principle software hasn’t but been heard in court docket.’

A GMC inquiry into the operations carried out by Mr Dixon will happen at a later date.

Speaking concerning the mesh surgical procedure she underwent, one sufferer mentioned: ‘Having to endure additional procedures was troublesome and the entire ordeal has actually had an enormous influence on me.

‘My psychological well being actually took a flip for the more severe.

‘While nothing could make up for what’s occurred I really feel I deserved solutions so a minimum of I may attempt to start to grasp what occurred.

‘I simply hope steps will be taken so nobody else is affected sooner or later.’

Another sufferer beforehand informed the BBC: ‘I felt violated. Beyond indignant, past upset.

‘It impacts your on a regular basis life. Your physique aches, it’s important to run to the bathroom, you have acquired no management over it by any means.’

When contacted for a remark Mr Dixon informed the BBC: ‘I’m unable to remark whereas proceedings are ongoing.’

The North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs Southmead Hospital, dismissed Mr Dixon in 2019.

WHAT ARE VAGINAL MESH IMPLANTS? THE CONTROVERSIAL DEVICES THAT HAVE BEEN COMPARED TO THALIDOMIDE

WHAT ARE VAGINAL MESH IMPLANTS? 

Vaginal mesh implants are units utilized by surgeons to deal with pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence in girls.

Usually constructed from artificial polypropylene, a sort of plastic, the implants are meant to restore broken or weakened tissue within the vagina wall.

Other materials embrace polyester, human tissue and absorbable artificial supplies.

Some girls report extreme and fixed stomach and vaginal ache after the surgical procedure. In some, the ache is so extreme they’re unable to have intercourse.

Infections, bleeding and even organ erosion has additionally been reported.

Vaginal mesh implants are devices used by surgeons to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence in women

Vaginal mesh implants are units utilized by surgeons to deal with pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence in girls

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MESH? 

Mini-sling: This implant is embedded with a metallic inserter. It sits near the mid-section of a lady’s urethra. The use of an inserter is assumed to decrease the danger of chopping throughout the process.

TVT sling: Such a sling is held in place by the affected person’s physique. It is inserted with a plastic tape by chopping the vagina and making two incisions within the stomach. The mesh sits beneath the urethra.

TVTO sling: Inserted by way of the groin and sits underneath the urethra. This sling was meant to stop bladder perforation.

TOT sling: Involves forming a ‘hammock’ of fibrous tissue within the urethra. Surgeons usually declare this type of implant offers them essentially the most management throughout implantation.

Kath Samson, a journalist, is the founder of Sling The Mesh

Kath Samson, a journalist, is the founding father of Sling The Mesh

Ventral mesh rectopexy: Releases the rectum from the again of the vagina or bladder. A mesh is then fitted to the again of the rectum to stop prolapse.

HOW MANY WOMEN SUFFER?  

According to the NHS and MHRA, the danger of vaginal mesh ache after an implant is between one and three per cent.

But a examine by Case Western Reserve University discovered that as much as 42 per cent of sufferers expertise issues.

Of which, 77 per cent report extreme ache and 30 per cent declare to have a misplaced or diminished intercourse life.

Urinary infections have been reported in round 22 per cent of instances, whereas bladder perforation happens in as much as 31 per cent of incidences.

Critics of the implants say trials confirming their supposed security have been small or carried out in animals, who’re unable to explain ache or a lack of intercourse life. 

Kath Samson, founding father of the Sling The Mesh marketing campaign, mentioned surgeons usually refuse to just accept vaginal mesh implants are inflicting ache.

She warned that they aren’t obligated to report such issues anyway, and because of this, lower than 40 per cent of surgeons do.