Government announces pause on use of vaginal mesh

18 Jul 2018

The use of vaginally-inserted surgical mesh has been put on hold after the government accepted a recommendation by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review.

Vaginal mesh is used to address stress urinary incontinence, and involves the placement of synthetic mesh under the urethra to provide support.

The government has announced that this method will be put on hold to reduce the risk of injury from the procedure and until a new set of conditions are met.

However, it may be used where there is no suitable alternative and only after a thorough consultation has occurred with ‘rigorous oversight and governance’.

The proposal was made by the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review after an evaluation, chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege in February, examined feedback from patients who had received the treatment.

Work is now underway by NHS England to cease procedures that do not meet the guidelines.

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