It’s not only U.S. medical professionals who are concerned about the dangers of transvaginal mesh implants. Earlier this month, UK Health Secretary Alex Neil warned attendees at Holyrood's Health Committee that all women who receive the mesh should be aware of its potential side effects—and that regulation of transvaginal mesh should be monitored more closely.
"The Chief Medical Officer has written to all health boards, and to a range of others including GPs, indicating the scale and the nature of the problem that has arisen, and also to ensure that if any woman comes forward for this procedure or is referred for this procedure, that they are made absolutely, totally aware of the risks involved," Mr. Neil said.
Thousands of women worldwide have received transvaginal tapes and mesh implants to treat organ prolapse, stress urinary incontinence, and other surgical problems. Many patients have come forward in recent years after experiencing abdominal pain, urinary problems, sexual problems, vaginal scarring and the need for surgical mesh removal.
Mr. Neil also said that there are flaws in the system for the reporting of adverse incidents involving mesh devices—adding to potential problems.
"I think the regulation—particularly in the private sector—for these procedures needs to be toughened up; not just the procedures but the devices and the sale of the devices themselves." Mr. Neil commented.
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