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England set to open specialist surgical mesh removal centres in April

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 25 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4589
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A network of specialist surgical mesh removal centres is to be set up around England, with a launch planned for April 2021.

The move implements a recommendation of the review,1 chaired by the Conservative peer and former health minister Julia Cumberlege, into three treatments which caused avoidable harm. These included the use of transvaginal tape and pelvic mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.

The review, which published its report in July, heard “harrowing” stories about women left with serious complications. The mesh is hard to remove and only a few surgeons in the UK are able to carry out the procedure.

The use of surgical mesh for urinary incontinence …

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