Transvaginal Mesh

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 26th June 2019.

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Photo of Alison Johnstone Alison Johnstone Green

I appreciate the cabinet secretary’s assurances that there are no plans to lift the halt on the use of transvaginal mesh. However, I am concerned by her statement that

“such a halt would be lifted only if a restricted-use protocol could be developed”.

In March 2017, the Scottish independent review of the use of transvaginal mesh reported:

“In the surgical treatment of POP, current evidence does not indicate any additional benefit from the use of transvaginal implants ... over native tissue repair”.

Knowing what we know now, why are we even considering a reintroduction of mesh operations?