Slings operations work very differently from mesh sheet implantations and should not be banned

Peter Petros

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Abstract

Baroness Cumberlage has overreacted banning midurethral slings along with mesh sheets placed behind the vagina. We should all support the banning of mesh sheets. Midurethral and other slings work differently from mesh which does not correct the prolapse. Mesh sheets just block the prolapse from descending. In the process the vagina is fibrosed. This can trap nerves to cause pain, and interfere with the closure and opening mechanisms of the bladder to cause massive incontinence. These mechanisms rely on a vagina which has adequate elasticity. The midurethral sling operation is the most validated operation in surgical history with more than 1,000 publications attesting to its safety and efficacy. It was tested with animals and seven prototype operations prior to release in 1996, 10 years after the animal experiments began. Slings work differently. They have very little contact with the vagina and so don’t fibrose it. Nerve trapping is rare. Banning slings leaves women with very few options. Hopefully the authorities will re-examine mesh slings and restore them. Of significant help to this are 3-year data from sling operations using next generation tapes with no erosions at all in that 3 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-10
Number of pages3
JournalPelviperineology
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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