NICE recommends banning vaginal mesh operations

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidelines recommending that vaginal mesh implant operations be banned from treating organ prolapse in England, according to the BBC.

The Victoria Derbyshire programme found that NICE has recommended that the implant should not be used in routine operations, but that it could feature in research.

According to the programme, some implants have been found to cut into the vagina, leaving women in permanent pain and unable to walk, work or have sex.

BBC News reported that a healthcare expert believes it is “highly likely” that the UK’s National Health Service will adhere to the recommendation, although it does not have to act on NICE’s findings or recommendations.

The documents will be published after consultation in December. In them, NICE said there were "serious but well-recognised safety concerns" and that there is “inadequate” evidence of efficacy for the implants treating organ prolapse.

According to the organisation, "when complications occur, these can be serious and have life-changing consequences", but "most commentaries received from patients reported satisfaction with the procedure".ADNFCR-2094-ID-801842457-ADNFCR