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Vaginal mesh procedures need compulsory register, says royal college

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k586 (Published 06 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k586
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

A mandatory register to record outcomes in all women treated with vaginal mesh is essential to properly monitor the adverse effects of these implants, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has said.

The college was responding to government plans announced last month1 for an audit of problems caused by vaginal mesh. The audit, which aims to better understand complications related to mesh implants used for incontinence and prolapse, is expected to be completed by April.

Tim Hillard, RCOG clinical lead for patient safety, said that, while he supported the audit, he would like to see more done. …

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