“But many surgeons have called for changes in medical device regulation, particularly at last spring’s major international meeting of hernia surgeons, saying it could make surgery safer for patients. At the 2018 International Hernia Congress, surgeons appealed for long-term surveillance of mesh once it has been implanted.
“We should absolutely be tracking every implant. It’s the only way we’re going to make improvements,” said Todd Heniford, MD, the chief of gastrointestinal and minimally invasive surgery at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.
He spoke from the meeting floor at the end of a packed session on advances in biomaterials. “Every patient needs to know exactly what was put into them and how it was implanted. Surgeons have to ask: Are we protecting patients or are we protecting industry? Are we protecting ourselves?” “
Exactly. The last part sums it up very well. It’s obvious really that the different kinds of mesh may yield different results, that is pretty clear due to some recalls. A register is pretty obvious too. Why the reluctance?
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