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Mesh implants: women who need corrective surgery have higher risk of depression and self harm, finds study

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 09 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l109
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

Women requiring a surgical intervention for complications following a midurethral mesh sling procedure have significantly increased risk of new onset depression and self harm compared with those not needing corrective procedures, a Canadian population based study1 has found.

Midurethral mesh sling procedures are the standard treatment for stress incontinence in women, but investigations and regulatory warnings about transvaginal mesh complications have led to ongoing concerns about their safety.

The new study analysed routinely collected data from the universal healthcare system in Ontario, Canada, …

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