CSP welcomes immediate stop to NHS mesh operations

Following a review, NHS England has announced a halt to vaginal mesh operations used to treat complications after childbirth.

Karen Middleton, chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said: 

'We welcome the news that there is to be an immediate stop to mesh operations given the traumatic complications thousands of women have endured as a result.

'It is essential that women suffering with incontinence or prolapse receive the support and care that they need.

'There is strong evidence that physiotherapy can effectively decrease the effects of pelvic organ prolapse and can potentially avoid the need for surgery.

 'We need to raise greater awareness among GPs and health professionals that these services are available but also to the general public that physiotherapy can really help women to strengthen their pelvic floor and eliminate the need for surgery.

'Many people feel embarrassed to seek help but early diagnosis and access to advice and treatment can improve the condition for many.'

Read the news story on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44763673.

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1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the UK’s professional, educational and trade union body. We have more than 52,000 members, including chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

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