Quebec’s college of physicians to investigate surgeries that remove incontinence sling

Lise Brouillard enlisted the help of U.S. doctor Dionysios Veronikis to have her suburethral sling removed completely. (Submitted by Lise Brouillard)

(Radio-Canada Enquête/ CBC News) — Quebec’s college of physicians is launching an inquiry into how surgeries to remove an incontinence sling are being performed in the province.

An investigation by Radio-Canada’s Enquête found 31 women who had been implanted with suburethral slings felt the need to have the devices surgically removed in the United States — because they no longer trusted that urologists in Quebec could perform the surgery properly.

Every year, 11,000 women get sling implants in Canada to deal with incontinence. The slings are not meant for removal. They graft themselves quickly to tissue, muscle and sometimes bone, so when complications occur, recovery can be fraught with pain and pitfalls.

Studies show between 350 and 400 of those women will need to have their slings removed, either partially or completely. (…)

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