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Home » Latest News » Surgical Mesh Safety Ban to be Lifted

Surgical Mesh Safety Ban to be Lifted

Surgical Mesh Safety Ban to be Lifted

The Health Watchdog NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellent) has today advised that the suspension on vaginal mesh can be lifted, as long as certain conditions are met.

Under new guidelines, patients would receive a "decision aid" prior to surgery; this would detail all the latest evidence on available treatments, mesh implants are to be used only after non-surgical options, such as pelvic floor training and lifestyle changes, had failed.

The controversial procedure is currently undergoing an independent review led by Baroness Julia Cumberlege. Labour MP Owen Smith (who chairs a cross-party group of MPs on surgical mesh implants) called for the continued suspension of vaginal mesh until these findings are reported later in the year.

Baroness Julia Cumberledge also responded to this news "We set five conditions that would need to be met before the pause could be lifted and the use of mesh could be contemplated," she said Those conditions have not yet been met and it is clear to us that it will be some considerable time before they are.

"This means that, now and for the foreseeable future, mesh should not be used to treat stress urinary incontinence, either in the NHS or the independent sector.”

There is thought to be in excess of 100,000 patients who have had the implant, with a 2015 estimate suggesting almost 10% were experiencing problems.

At Bridge McFarland Solicitors we have seen cases where people have suffered life-changing complications as a result of the procedure to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence.

Stephanie Capindale, Associate Solicitor offers this advice to any potential patients of the procedure: “Ensure you are fully aware of all risks and benefits before embarking on an invasive procedure with a product that can have a devastating and ongoing negative impact on your day-to-day life, don’t be afraid to ask questions.”