One of Britain’s most successful athletes was forced to sit out an entire Olympic cycle after suffering serious complications from mesh implants used to repair a minor hernia.
Dai Greene, a world champion hurdler who captained the Great Britain athletics team at the 2012 London Olympics, lost five years of his career after the surgery, which he was told would allow him to return to the track within weeks.
“The golden thing I got sold was that after three weeks you’ll be back running and after six weeks you’ll be completely fine,” he said. “It got advertised to me as foolproof … stronger than anything else you could have.”
After the surgery in 2013, Greene suffered acute pain. A series of operations to put things right revealed the mesh had become frayed and entangled with nerves in his pelvis.
Up to 100,000 hernia mesh operations are carried out in…
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