by | Oct 31, 2017 | Work Related Injuries | 0 comments

Jo Spod has been living with hernia pain after a procedure with mesh five years ago.
Jo Spod has been living with hernia pain after a procedure with mesh five years ago.

Excruciating pain from a surgical mesh complication left Joachim Spod​ without a job and contemplating suicide – but ACC says it cannot compensate him.

The 50-year-old father-of-three, known as Jo, is one of a growing number of patients injured by mesh who are being declined cover by ACC.

A review of mesh injury claims from 2005 to 2017 showed one in five claims were declined.

This surgical mesh was found near Jo Spod's bladder following complications from hernia repair surgery.
This surgical mesh was found near Jo Spod’s bladder following complications from hernia repair surgery.

In the last year alone, the decline rate jumped from 17 per cent to 28 per cent – with 43 of 152 claims turned down.

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Spod’s nightmare started six years ago with a hernia repair procedure.

Jo Spod pictured at home in the Bay of Plenty with his family. From left: Elana Spod, 15, Jo Spod, Sophie Spod, 9, ...
Jo Spod pictured at home in the Bay of Plenty with his family. From left: Elana Spod, 15, Jo Spod, Sophie Spod, 9, Joanne Spod, and Finn Spod, 15.

The mesh used to reinforce his weak abdominal wall now sits on a shelf at his home in Edgecumbe, Bay of Plenty, shrivelled up into a rust-coloured lump with sharp wiry edges.

Post-operative pain had intensified over time, Spod said.

About 18 months after the surgery, the senior engineer collapsed and was given a morphine injection by a GP.

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