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[Editorial] Patient safety in vaginal mesh surgery

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidelines for the clinical management of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The guidelines, which are open for public consultation until Nov 19, recommend that women, first and foremost, be offered lifestyle interventions, physical and behavioural therapies, and medication before surgical options are considered. Women who do choose to have surgery must be fully informed of the risks and referred to a specialist.