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Surgical masterclass in urogynaecology May 2012: mesh techniques still popular

A brochure advertising a masterclass in urogynaecology reveals that mesh implants remain a popular topic at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG) joint meeting held in May.  The brochure features several sessions discussing the use of synthetic mesh as part of the masterclass which is aimed at consultants and trainees in gynaecology, urogynaecology and female urology.  The aim of the masterclass is:

 “to demonstrate commonly used surgical techniques in pelvic floor reconstruction and present evidence for their use. Prevention and management of complications will be discussed. The varied programme includes renowned speakers and will stimulate thought and discussion.”

Here’s a sample of some of the sessions involving mesh:

Monday 21 May

Session II: Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse – anterior compartment
12.15pm Anterior surgical mesh kits
Dr Daniel Altman, Stockholm, Sweden (TBC)

Session III: Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse – posterior compartment
2.25pm Posterior surgical mesh kits
Mr Mark Slack, Consultant Urogynaecologist, Cambridge
4.05pm Systematic review of the use of mesh for prolapse surgery
Dr Kaven Baessler
4.25pm Choosing which mesh to use
Dr Jan Deprest, Belgium

Tuesday 22 May

Session V: Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse – the apex
10.10am Surgical mesh kits
Dr Jan Paul Roovers

Session VII: Surgery for urinary incontinence – mid urethral slings
Chair: Mr Paul Moran
1.40pm Tension free vaginal tape
Professor Jonathen Duckett, Medway
2.00pm Transobturator tapes
Mr Andrew Tapp, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
2.20pm Single incision tapes
Mr Mohamed Abdel-Fattah, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Division of Applied Health Sciences,
University of Aberdeen

To see the brochure, click on link: http://www.rcog.org.uk/files/rcog-corp/ATSM%20revision_SurgicalMasterClass_BROCHURE.pdf

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Discussion

4 thoughts on “Surgical masterclass in urogynaecology May 2012: mesh techniques still popular

  1. Thanks for bringing this to the public eye. I saw this a while ago and felt totally depressed.

    Posted by Liz Reece | May 31, 2012, 7:20 pm
  2. Yes, unfortunately, surgeons don’t seem to be sitting up and taking notice of what’s happening to women, and what’s happening in the news with a growing number of lawsuits.

    Posted by tvtinfo | May 31, 2012, 7:35 pm
  3. Yes sadly – we are voices in the wilderness. Too much financial gain for all sides concerned, dumbing down of skills, and glossy broschures to sell these products. Nobody cares about consequences that will affect patients for the rest of their lives.
    I repeat – report, repot and report your adverse incident to all possible authorities, so that your case is registered !!

    Posted by I H | May 31, 2012, 10:53 pm
  4. I agree but I think the system for reporting is not user friendly. However, if we don’t report our complications to the MHRA then they will try to claim there is not a problem. The doctors aren’t reporting them from what I can gather, so even more reason for patients to do so.

    I feel it’s definitely a case of “the Emperor’s New Clothes” where the doctors are concerned and, as you point out, the manufacturers are making huge profits from selling these products to the NHS who see it as a way of reducing costs but don’t see the long term problems.

    Posted by tvtinfo | May 31, 2012, 11:05 pm

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