Vaginal mesh: new guidelines insufficient, say campaigners

02 April 2019 – Guardian

Vaginal mesh ban can be lifted with changes, NICE says
02 April 2019 – BBC News

The use of plastic mesh in treating urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse – conditions that are especially common after childbirth – has come under intense study.

Many women have had the mesh implanted without problem, but for others it can lead to debilitating complications including mesh cutting into organs or through tissues, intense pain and recurrent infections.

Figures previously obtained by the Guardian show that about one in 15 women who had a common type of mesh called trans-vaginal tape inserted later had it removed as a result of complications, although full removal is far from simple.

However, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guidelines for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse continue to include surgical use of mesh as one option for women with particular conditions.

New guidelines now state that the controversial vaginal mesh implants can be offered again on the NHS in England once certain conditions are met.

Source (Guardian)

Source (BBC News)

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