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What we must learn from mesh

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 11 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4254
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief
  1. The BMJ
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What can we learn from the shameful story of vaginal mesh? That thousands of women have been irreversibly harmed; that implants were approved on the flimsiest of evidence; that surgeons weren’t adequately trained and patients weren’t properly informed; that the dash for mesh, fuelled by its manufacturers, stopped the development of alternatives; that surgeons failed to set up mesh registries that would have identified complications sooner; and that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the UK regulators let them off the hook (doi:10.1136/bmj.k4137, doi:10.1136/bmj.k4164). As our …

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